Williamson County Republican Party Chair Cheryl Brown said this week that members of the mainstream media unfairly depicted supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump as people “who stormed the Capitol” and wanted to destroy Washington, D.C.
But Brown, who was one of hundreds of Tennesseans who traveled to Washington, D.C. Wednesday, said she came only to plead for a free and fair election.
“It was a peaceful protest, and the small group that I went with from Tennessee to D.C. came to hold politicians accountable for a free election. There were people as far as I could see. I was reminded of a verse in the Bible that says ‘I saw a vast crowd too great to count from every nation and tribe and people and language,’” Brown told The Tennessee Star Friday.
“There were people there of all ages. It was beautiful. In the way that we were all on one accord and peaceful and taking care of one another. It was like one big family coming together, and we respected each other and watched out for each other. One of the things that concerned me was the minimal amount of police presence not there.”
Franklin resident Martin Plumlee, who was also in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, said he and his friends, all “ardent Trump supporters,” saw people from all walks of life at the Capitol Mall.
Wilson County resident Rick Williams, meanwhile, said roughly 400 Tennesseans traveled to Washington, D.C. to support Trump. Most of them, he said, didn’t go anywhere near the doors of the U.S. Capitol, nor did they intend to do so.
“The national media is quick to blame Trump and make the people [supporting him] appear to be something they are not,” Williams said.
“Every Trump supporter I know is an honest hard-working American taxpayer.”
As The Star reported this week, many of those Tennessee residents traveled to Washington, D.C. by bus.
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