Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (At-Large) is discouraging counter-protesters from traveling to Washington D.C. on Saturday for Look Ahead America’s Justice for J6 rally, according to a Friday release from her office.
The rally is in support of those imprisoned following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Lawmakers were inside Congress certifying that then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden was elected U.S. President over incumbent Donald Trump (R) when rioters stormed the building.
“There are times when counter-protesting for a just cause is right and righteous,” Randall said.
“However, we all know there was no election fraud in the 2020 election,” she said. “This is the time to allow those who want to believe the ‘Big Lie’ to stand alone and be seen for who they are: people.”
Prior to the breaching of the Capitol, Randall discouraged people from going to D.C. for the Jan. 6 “Stop The Steal” rally, held to protest the result of the election. She and other regional leaders were concerned about the strain on law enforcement and that the demonstrations would lead to more violence following earlier protests after the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis Black man killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
As the rallygoers moved to the Capitol, hundreds of Trump’s supporters broke down barriers and lines of law enforcement to enter Congress as lawmakers fled their respective chambers. Two bombs were also found next to buildings that house the Republican and Democratic National Committees.
Images from inside Congress also showed rioters vandalizing property as lawmakers and aides hid.
A number of law enforcement members were injured and some have committed suicide, according to media reports. The U.S. Department of Justice has opened more than 430 cases related to the breach at the Capital.
Counter-protestors are estimated to come from the Metro Washington region compared to farther distances, the release states.
Randall is imploring other public officials to issue similar warnings.