Militia group appears at Statehouse to ‘protect people’ at rallies for Trump, Biden

Militia group appears at Statehouse to ‘protect people’ at rallies for Trump, Biden

Members of the self-identified "Ohio State Regular Militia" appeared at the Statehouse on Nov. 7 to ‘protect people’ who came to celebrate Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump. COLUMBUS, Ohio — The following article was originally published in the Ohio Capital Journal and published on News5Cleveland.com under a content-sharing agreement. Two loosely defined cohorts showed up at the Statehouse on Saturday after news outlets projected Joe Biden won the presidential election: Biden fans came to gloat and Donald Trump fans came to allege voter fraud. There were heated arguments, hymns sung over a PA, and horns blaring. A car performed a burnout before the crowd, emitting a smoky haze. Between the crowds stood three members of a group that identified themselves as the “Ohio State Regular Militia.” They carried holstered firearm pistols and paintball guns. They wore camouflage fatigues, military-style helmets and goggles, tactical vests, and militia patches on their arms. While the three declined to provide their names, a woman with the group said they weren’t there with any candidate, only to keep the peace. “We’re not here to enforce the law,” she said. “We’re here to protect people.” Two members of the self-identified “Ohio State Regular Militia” attend clashing political events at the Capitol on Nov. 7. Jake Zuckerman Though they described themselves as apolitical, all three said they voted for Trump and said they were carrying out duties resembling those of law enforcement. “An event like this is open to a mass shooter from either […]

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