I’m here in Montpelier where a group of folks in support of President Donald Trump. While I was here reporting a small altercation broke out amongst two individuals in the crowd resulting in minor injuries
The rally on the front steps of the statehouse is the result of a culmination of parades and other smaller gatherings across the state and the nation. Vermont organizer Gregory Thayer says the President has worked for the people of Vermont.
“President Trump has done great things for Vermonters and America and that there is a lot of positive energy, he is definitely a brutal truth individual but he has come through on his promises.
Kevin Hoyt ran for Governor of Vermont this year and tells me that he is not satisfied with how the election turned out, and claims that there is rampant voter fraud.
“I think there is massive fraud here in Vermont and I hold the establishment and the current administration guilty as far as the gubernatorial election.”
The otherwise peaceful rally was interrupted by a young woman who brought a small speaker to play music and an altercation occurred.
“And a bunch of grown men started screaming at me and shoved me off the concrete and then circled around me and started screaming USA in my face while shoving me over repeatedly.”
Montpelier Police say they are investigating the alleged incident involving the 15 year female, as well as other other reported complaints. One viewer did email our station disputing the girl’s allegations.
On a personal note, as a journalist there to cover the event, I no longer felt welcome or safe after capturing the aftermath of the alleged incident on film. I was verbally harassed by some of the event claiming to want to flip the roles and interview me with their cellphone cameras as well as other unwelcome comments. One participant in particular did follow me to my car leaving only about a two-foot, or less than, distance between our bodies while he continued to bother me. This participant was not wearing a mask, and asked me questions about my personal life that I declined to answer. I felt threatened and unsafe.