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Trump supporters gather in Jefferson City to protest election results

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Trump supporters gather in Jefferson City to protest election results

JEFFERSON CITY — Planted at the corner of W. High Street and Broadway in front of the Missouri State Capitol, Zach Diggs tried making sense of his loss as he watched a few hundred Trump supporters protest the results of the presidential election.

"Looks like a lot of love," he said. "A lot of people standing up for something."

A friend of Diggs texted him about a “Stop The Steal” rally Saturday morning in Jefferson City. He made the drive from Montgomery County with his father because “it sounded like fun."

Harold Faughn speaks at the "Stop The Steal" rally

Harold Faughn speaks at the "Stop The Steal" rally Saturday in Jefferson City. Faughn is the coordinator at Toys For Tots in Jefferson City.

Rally attendees show off signs and flags

Rally attendees show off signs and flags Saturday at W. High Street and Broadway in Jefferson City. Some attendees were armed, and some signs included calls for violence.

News of the rally was disseminated online and through word of mouth over the past two days, attendees said. An assortment of grief-stricken Trump supporters gathered from several counties across the state, part of a broader effort to contest the integrity of the voting process.

Rippling Trump flags and signs donning phrases such as “Stop The Steal,” “Fight For Your Rights” and “Peaceful Protest” amplified President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday.

Biden's victory came after more than three days of uncertainty, as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed results. Biden crossed the winning threshold of 270 electoral votes with a projected win in Pennsylvania.

A supporter of President Donald Trump yells at a passing car

A supporter of President Donald Trump yells at a passing car whose driver flipped off protesters at the end of the “Stop the Steal” protest Saturday in Jefferson City. The protests were in response to unfounded claims, made by President Donald Trump, of illegal votes in the 2020 general election.

A supporter of President Donald Trump sits inside a car

A supporter of President Donald Trump sits inside a car in front of the Missouri Capitol on Saturday in Jefferson City. Trump supporters from all over Missouri gathered in front of the state Capitol to protest in favor of President Trump, who lost the 2020 presidential general election to former Vice President Joe Biden.

Departing from long-standing democratic tradition and signaling a potentially turbulent transfer of power, Trump issued a combative statement saying his campaign would take unspecified legal actions, and he would "not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”

He has pointed to delays in processing the votes in some states to allege with no evidence that there was fraud and to argue that his rival was trying to seize power — an extraordinary charge by a sitting president attempting to sow doubt about a bedrock democratic process.

“I don't know if that's true, but sounds like it,” Diggs said.

Demonstrators line West High Street for the Stop the Steal protest

Demonstrators line West High Street for the "Stop the Steal" protest Saturday near the state Capitol building in Jefferson City. The protest was based on unfounded conspiracy theories about illegal votes being tallied to take away a second term from Donald Trump.

Protesters eventually drifted toward the governor’s mansion, chanting "Stop The Steal" and "Where's Mike Parson?" in rhythmic fashion.

Dylan Kelly, of Camdenton, said he still "110%" believes the election was illegitimate.

When asked how to move forward when Joe Biden takes the executive seat, he said "We go to work. We fight the peaceful way, the American way. We do not want violence. Nobody wants violence."

Brenda Webb from the St. Charles County Truly Trump Team speaks through a megaphone

Brenda Webb from the St. Charles County Truly Trump Team speaks through a megaphone during the Stop the Steal protest Saturday in front of the governor's mansion in Jefferson City. The crowd chanted "Where's Mike Parson?" outside of the mansion.

Trump supporters show off flags

Trump supporters show off flags at U.S. 63 South on Saturday in Columbia. Rally attendees from Columbia and Kansas City met at AMF Bowling Alley at 11 a.m. to go to Jefferson City.

The Rev. Jeremy Secrist stood in front of his St. Peter Church, across the street from the Missouri State Capitol.

If the church could talk, he said, it could tell more protest stories than him.

“There are protests here at the Capitol for a garden-variety (of) reasons,” he said, “and one of the great things about our country is if we don't like something, we can protest. I just hope this one’s safe.”

The Associated Press contributed reporting.

  • State reporter, fall 2020. Studying print and digital news. Reach me at asjbhx@umsystem.edu, or (573) 356-7458

  • Galen Bacharier is an assistant city editor at the Missourian. He has reported on higher education, state government and breaking news. Reach him at galenbacharier@gmail.com or on Twitter @galenbacharier.

  • Fall 2020 Photo Editor, majoring in International Photojournalism. Reach at mpsbb7@mail.missouri.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5700

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