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He cheekily called himself one of the "deplorable creatures" heading to the capital, in a Facebook post the day before the rally. In actuality, he felt that the throngs of Americans heading to the capital last week were Among hundreds of thousands of peers, the atmosphere leading up to the "Stop the Steal" rally on Wednesday was electric, said Virden. But a portion of the rally devolved into incredible violence as a mob of hundreds of rioters invaded the U. Capitol as Congress tried to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win.15 Women With The Most Unique Bodies in the World
An AP photographer captured an image — published everywhere from Bloomberg to USA Today — of Virden at the western foot of the Capitol wearing a foam Statue of Liberty crown, taking a photo with his cell phone in a packed crowd. Rioters are crawling up the slate gray Capitol wall behind him. While hundreds of Nevadans rallied also in Carson City that day, Virden flew east to attend the rally in D.
He posted photos and videos from the capital and his friends cheered him on, congratulating him and thanking him for standing up for the country and the president. In the past week, however, Americans who rioted at the Capitol on Jan. Some have been fired or forced to re their jobs because they were at the riot. Law enforcement has arrested more than 85 people, and federal officials have opened more than two dozen domestic terrorism cases. The Reno Gazette Journal reached out to several Nevadans who were on site that day, based on social media posts, but only Virden shared his story.
One Dayton business owner said she wanted to publicly share her convictions, but worries about further damage to her business, which has suffered during the pandemic. Amodei: Trump bears blame for deadly U. Capitol riot, but won't back impeachment. Fervent Trump supporter, Reno attorney Joey Gilbert, spoke at a rally down the street from Trump that day and also went to the Capitol after the barricades had been torn down. He said in a video later posted to Facebook that he did not go inside the Capitol. He declined an interview as well, though he's been vocal on Facebook, describing the crowd at the Capitol as "one of the most beautiful things he's ever seen.
Earlier this summer he arrived at a Black Lives Matter protest in Reno with armed men in tactical gear. From a small stage at the rally in D. Since his return from D. Trump will still go down in history as "one of the most amazing and remembered presidents of our time," Gilbert said in the Facebook video. Virden is less passionate about Trump, viewing him as a misunderstood leader. For Virden, his attendance of the rally in D. Ultimately, the protest in Washington, D. Five people died in the resulting riot, including a woman shot by police and a Capitol Police officer who suffered fatal injuries in the mob.
Inside the building, images showed a man seated with his feet on the desk of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, another man with a Camp Auschwitz sweatshirt and a man parading with a confederate flag past portraits inside the Capitol. Other recently released videos have shown an officer smashed between rioters and riot shields, and the mob beating another officer with a pole carrying an American flag. Virden said what happened inside the Capitol was shameful, but he also said the media didn't paint a fair picture of the majority of people gathered last week in D.
He believes the majority of the people that gathered last week were just trying to protest and be heard. Danger ahead? Capitol riot. Virden, spurred by a belief in the debunked claims that the election was rigged, traveled to Washington, D. He visited war memorials and saw a pro-Trump rap concert.
On Wednesday, Virden said the crowd really filled in with people from all over the country. He said the masses carried oversized American and Trump flags. Attendees sang the National Anthem in unison and recited the Pledge of Allegiance together. They chanted U. A as they marched.
Few wore masks. Early in the day, there was no of violence, said Virden. He started the morning by attending Trump's speech. He was too far away to see Trump so watched instead on a megascreen. By the time Virden reached the Capitol, the mob had already burst through the metal barriers meant to keep the crowd away from the building's perimeter. He walked right through to the steps. The Capitol Police could not have been more passive, Virden said. They were practically ushering the crowd onto the steps and into the building, he said. Virden suspects the people who began to cause trouble were members of Antifa, a leftist political protest movement known by their militant opposition to fascism.
The FBI and other officials, however, have said there is no evidence to support that claim. Investigators continue to identify an increasing of rioters who infiltrated the building. None of them have been associated with Antifa. Still, at the time, Virden believed leftist militants were in the crowd and decided to leave.
Back home, Virden, 35, is a medical device salesman who loves the outdoors and spending time with family. He identifies as a "constitutional conservative," but doesn't necessarily trust Republican elected officials much more than Democrats. In the past year, he's become an ardent supporter of Trump as local and state officials have issued mandates to mitigate the COVID pandemic. People are "dying of loneliness" and should be able to determine their own level of risk, he said. Last year, Virden's brother died of a rare blood cancer. He and his family were barred from visiting him in a Texas hospital because of the pandemic.
The family flew him home in a private jet for his final three days in April. Since his return home from D. He said Facebook removed a of his posts, mostly photos, from when he stood outside the Capitol. It appears Virden late last week removed his Facebook profile altogether. Virden said he's going to go back to his day to day of loving his family and being a proud American.
While he is unsettled by the of the election, he doesn't plan on "becoming a revolutionary" as Biden is sworn in. He'll continue to stand up for what he believes in: freedom of the individual. Jenny Kane covers Northern Nevada culture and the diverse fabric of stories that Nevadans have to share.
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