A number of dozen individuals from the Williamsport space have been among the many 1000’s who witnessed the chaos and upheaval within the nation’s capital on Wednesday.
Jeff Stroehmann, former chairman of the Lyoming County Republican Committee, who was amongst a bus stuffed with 55 individuals who headed to Washington to protest towards the US Congress that licensed electoral votes, stated he by no means felt at risk regardless of the violence that occurred inside and outside the capitol constructing.
“We heard the president converse on the White Home, then we marched to the Capitol constructing,” Stroehmann, present Lycoming County President for Trump 2020, informed the Solar-Gazette.
“Individuals have been agitated when he handed the Justice Division constructing. They closed the massive metal doorways in entrance of the constructing. “
Quickly after, police fired tear gasoline and protesters picked up the canisters and threw them at them, in line with Stroehmann.
He stated his personal group was properly behaved and described the group he was with and round throughout the protest on the Capitol as very respectful.
“The general public down right here felt that there was a course of that was not clear,” he stated. “They simply need solutions.”
Stroehmann stated he and his group did not know what to anticipate after they headed to Washington.
He stated he doesn’t tolerate any of the violence that occurred.
Lycoming County Republican Committee Chairman Vince Matteo, who didn’t journey to Washington, stated violence shouldn’t be the reply.
“It’s a pity that it has grow to be this”, Matteo stated.
He stated that someway he may see the chaotic state of affairs approaching Wednesday.
“There are some respectable considerations about how the elections have been performed, however this isn’t the reply,” Matteo urged.
Now, he stated, will probably be fascinating to see how American politics unfolds in 2021 with Democrats controlling the White Home and Congress.
“We are going to see what they do”, he stated.
Longtime Republican Get together member Carol Sides from Williamsport additionally didn’t attend the occasion.
She stated she was nonetheless attempting “to digest” the protests and what they imply.
“I believe it was completely sudden” she stated.
She urged that the violence may have been the results of just a few dangerous actors or those that weren’t even linked to the protesters who went to Washington.