Despite mainstream media reports that there might be violent riots staged at multiple statehouses across the country, the few demonstrations that have taken place have been small and peaceful, according to Politico.
After the FBI had circulated reports of the alleged plans, many state capitols set up significantly increased security measures such as fencing and armed guards, similar to what the United States Capitol has done following protests on January 6th.
But most states where protests took place only saw crowds of about a few dozen protesters each, most of whom were supporters of President Trump demanding investigations into widespread claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, for which much evidence has been revealed. In every case, law enforcement officers vastly outnumbered the protesters. Among the states where demonstrations took place were Michigan, Washington, Ohio, Utah, Oregon, Texas, and Nevada.
The lack of actual violence despite the FBI’s warning further reflected the exaggeration and outright misreporting in relation to the events of January 6th, where a mostly peaceful crowd of pro-Trump demonstrators entered the United States Capitol during the counting of the Electoral College votes.
Only one death was directly caused by the incident, where a Trump supporter and 14-year veteran of the Air Force, Ashli Babbitt, was murdered by a Washington D.C. Metro PD officer who shot her in the neck. The media has since repeatedly and falsely described the protests as “domestic terrorism,” “sedition,” and an “insurrection.”