Protestors gather at the SC Statehouse in support of the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday, the day the Electoral College results were set to be counted.
Unable to make it to Washington, D.C. to join the larger protest, some South Carolinians who say the 2020 Presidential Election needs to be further investigated came together at the Statehouse to make their voices heard.
“I wanted to go to D.C. But knowing there is a physical presence behind the “Stop the Steal” movement... we should all be interested in an accurate count and that every vote is legitimate. And knowing there are actions behind the words really compelled us to be here,” said Angie Hutchins, who protested at the Statehouse.
Out of the more than 50 cases brought before courts across the country, no claims of widespread election fraud have been proven.
One case brought to the U.S. Supreme Court by the state of Texas was dismissed. According to a New York Times’ analysis of the nearly 60 cases brought to courts by members of President Trump’s team, almost two-thirds made no allegations of fraud and mostly focused on local election codes and laws.
Hutchins has heard these facts and “fully expects” President-Elect Joe Biden to take office at noon on January 20 but worries people who share her views will be ignored or brushed off once that happens.
“In terms of just hearing people, all the affidavits from people that haven’t been heard, I’m very concerned about the potential for fraud,” she added.
Many of the claims brought to these courts lacked evidence, according to the Associated Press.
Others also felt their actions on Wednesday wouldn’t change the election results of the 2020 race. However, they want to see something more done.
“I think what sets our country apart is our election process and, if there is any danger of anything that is not pure, we need to investigate it,” said Tracy O’Halloran. “I am going to keep praying and I am going to keep seeking to unify my community.”
Also in attendance were a group of men dressed in black and yellow wearing “Proud Boy” logos, a neo-fascist group that has incited violence in other states in the past.
The group said they were from different parts of the state including Charleston and Columbia.
The protest was not physically violent and the Columbia Police Department said they were monitoring the situation throughout the protest and members of the SC Dept. of Public Safety were also visible during the event.
Hutchins said moving forward, she wants to see an end to the divisiveness in the country, but she can’t shake the unfounded feeling there is proof out there that the election was not free and fair.
“I tell my kids; I have four boys if I don’t know what’s wrong, but I’ll do an Old Yeller on you if I know there was something in my spirit that was wrong,” she said. “And what I think we are seeing is a lot of people barking and trying to figure out how we live peacefully with one another.”
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