After overtaking the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday (Jan. 6), Trump supporters stormed statehouses across the country in a continued riot against the president’s defeat in the election. Multiple reports showed mobs gathering at statehouses in Washington, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan, California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Texas and more into the evening.
In Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was evacuated from the state capitol building after pro-Trump rioters gathered in the area. Raffensperger previously clashed with Trump after denouncing his repeated and unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
“It is unimaginable that we have people in our state & country who are undermining public safety, attacking law enforcement, & breaking into gov’t buildings. This is not the GA way & it’s not the way of our country,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted in response. “These activities are a disgrace & quite honestly un-American.”
Rioters also pushed through the gates outside of the Washington governor’s mansion in Olympia after gathering at the state capitol. Chris Loftis, the director of communications for the Washington State Patrol, told CNBC it took an hour to finally escort the mob off the property.
A protest was also held at the Kansas statehouse in Topeka, though NBC reports that the demonstrators had a permit for the gathering and that it remained peaceful.
“They showed up at their scheduled permit time, they had their rally [and] it was peaceful; nobody went where they weren’t supposed to be,” Kansas Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Don Hughes told CNBC.
Members of the neo-fascist Proud Boys and Trump supporters were seen outside of the Ohio statehouse on Wednesday, where reporters said they violently clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters.
Trump responded to the riot on Capitol Hill in a tweeted video yesterday, telling his supporters to “go home.” The president failed to condemn the mob’s violence and instead continued to claim that he had been cheated in the election.
“This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people,” he said in the address. “... So go home. We love you; you’re very special... But go home, and go home in peace.”
See social media coverage from the nationwide riots below.
Outside the Columbus Statehouse. A lot of guns, Proud Boys, Trump flags, etc. pic.twitter.com/f6PSJAj6lF— Jake Zuckerman (@jake_zuckerman) January 6, 2021
Fight breaks out outside the Ohio Statehouse between pro-Trump/Proud Boys protesters and counter-protester https://t.co/Dc7MDczXBs— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) January 6, 2021
Scenes of protest outside the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. https://t.co/q120YK0xyk— WTOL 11 (@WTOL11Toledo) January 6, 2021
Although a few protesters have gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse, Indiana State Police and the governor's office say it is "business as usual," and no one is being evacuated from the building, contrary to other local news sources. pic.twitter.com/Zs63NInm0i— WRTV Indianapolis (@wrtv) January 6, 2021
The Kansas state capitol has cleared out. Protestors plan to go watch the news at a local restaurant pic.twitter.com/PatWAkbFf0— Dan Garrett (@DanGKSNT) January 6, 2021
ALERT: “The Capitol has just been ordered evacuated by the State Police,” says New Mexico House @speakeregolf says during Legislative Council meeting.— Daniel Chacon (@danieljchacon) January 6, 2021
As protesters swarm the US Capitol building, a couple hundred protesters have gathered outside the state Capitol building in Santa Fe pic.twitter.com/B7bqnNkaTt— Kyle Land (@kyleoftheland) January 6, 2021
A photo taken by a staffer inside the California Capitol appears to show a protest outside and off the grounds of the statehouse. pic.twitter.com/B0Pe9UWcko— Taryn Luna (@TarynLuna) January 6, 2021
In front of Olympia state capital, Trump supporters chant “fight for Trump.” pic.twitter.com/rPr1a4bo9n— Hal Bernton (@hbernton) January 6, 2021