Trump Rally Hijacked

February 8, 2021 Updated: February 8, 2021

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, we witnessed the hijacking of President Donald Trump’s rally. The president called on his supporters to demonstrate their disapproval of the 2020 election. He did not encourage them to attack and illegally enter and damage the Capital.

History and the Wednesday timeline support this position. Trump’s rallies, while very large, have been peaceful. No looting, property damage, or assaulting of police. Republicans are peaceful, law-abiding, loyal Americans.

There were several news reports of people flying to Washington with riot gear in the overhead compartments of airplanes. Why? At the rally, Trump supporters were wearing winter clothing, not riot gear. So who were these people flying to Washington with riot gear?

Trump started his rally comments at 11:50 a.m. He spoke for better than an hour until after 1:00 p.m. It is almost two miles from the White House to the Capitol, a distance that takes at least 30 minutes to walk. In a crowd, it could easily take an hour.

The police perimeter at the Capitol was assaulted at 1:10 p.m., about the same time Trump was finishing his rally presentation.

Who were these people, some of whom were wearing riot gear? Trump supporters? Not likely. Would someone come to see the president speak and then leave halfway through the speech? Doubtful, unless they had other motives.

We have seen numerous Black Lives Matter protests turn violent when a small group dedicated to the distraction of America used the peaceful protest to precipitate violence. This happened on Wednesday. Trump’s rally was hijacked.

To be accurate Trump supporters did swarm the Capitol. However, the assaults on police, forcible break-in at the Capitol, and subsequent vandalism were not caused by Trump supporters.

People who live peaceful lives, who bring their children to see the president, who are supporters of law and order, and who are concerned about their country don’t break the law.

All Americans should help root out those who assaulted our country on Wednesday. They should be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. They are domestic terrorists.

President Trump has done great things for our country. You may not like his presentation, but the results speak for themselves. President Trump did not cause what happened on Wednesday; people who want to destroy America are responsible.

Richard L. Blomquist