No violence here, but no shortage of passion, either

  • Jim Caron holds up a flag at the state house on Wednesday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • LEFT: Trump supporters Randy Tardif of Berlin (right) along with his brother, Wayne (center) and Nick Seibert.

Monitor columnist
Published: 1/6/2021 9:10:03 PM
Modified: 1/6/2021 9:09:50 PM

Wednesday was a Rambo kind of day.

You could see it on a flag waving outside the State House, along Main Street. The flag we’ve seen over and over in recent years, with President Donald Trump’s face atop Rambo’s body. Big muscles, big rocket-propelled grenade launcher, lots of big bullets.

About 15 Trumpers gathered outside the State House arch after Wednesday’s history-making day. A Rambo kind of day. The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., was attacked and infiltrated by supporters of the president.

Details were fuzzy last evening, but photos revealed an armed standoff, lawmakers ducking for cover, and protesters on their stomachs being arrested and scaling the Capitol walls.

Rambo, Trump allies say, would have been proud. This is about patriotism, a campaign to expose a fraudulent election – the president says he won by a “landslide” – and other forms of corruption.

Asked if the violence coming from D.C. was troubling in anyway, Randy Tardif, who drove two hours from Berlin to be here, said what millions of voters apparently believe.

“This was a needed thing,” Tardif said.

Trump’s supporters have pointed the finger in many directions – the voting machines were rigged, votes were hidden and corrupt judges threw Trump’s case out of their courtrooms without bothering to look at all the evidence. But none of their conspiratorial claims have gained any legal footing, and instead have been widely rejected in courtroom after courtroom.

That, they say, paved the way to Wednesday’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

“We kind of new what was going to happen,” Jim Caron said, referring to the violence in D.C. “At this point, we’re going to have a lot of violence across the country.”

Caron took it further, saying he’s tried to recruit people to his way of thinking. People who haven’t bothered to listen to the facts.

“Many people don’t know what’s happening, so they’re on the wrong side,” Caron said. “We’ve talked to many people and tried to convert them, and not the ANTIFA way.”

ANTIFA, we know, stands for anti-fascists. Caron wanted to distance himself and others from those protesters.

“We’re not chasing people down the alleys and beating them up,” he said. “We’re trying to talk to them and tell them what’s really going on.”

Despite that peaceful approach, no one was critical when addressing Wednesday’s violence.

Nick Seibert of Nashua had to work Wednesday. “I would have liked to go to D.C. to join everyone down there,” Seibert said. “But it wasn’t feasible, so I figured I’d come up and show my support here.”

Asked if he thought Trump could take back the White House, Seibert said: “You can always hope. But at this point, I am fairly un-hopeful. I want it to happen, but I have very little faith in most of the people down in D.C.”

And the GOP has little faith in the process that took power away from Trump. So, a small group waived American and Trump 2020 and MAGA flags.

Meanwhile, a woman had been shot and killed inside the Capitol building. A Trump supporter.

It was that kind of day.

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Ray Duckler, our intrepid columnist, focuses on the Suncook Valley. He floats from topic to topic, searching for the humor or sadness or humanity in each subject. A native New Yorker, he loves the Yankees and Giants. The Red Sox and Patriots? Not so much.

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