Floridians travel to DC in support of President Donald Trump, push to stop certification of election

Busloads of Florida residents to participate in 'stop the steal' rally
Posted at 11:55 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 00:01:46-05

VERO BEACH, Fla. — People from across the country are flocking to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate ahead of Wednesday's certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory in the Electoral College.

Included in the thousands of Trump supporters anticipated to travel to the nation's capital are busloads of people traveling from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

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They started loading onto buses in Pompano Beach and West Palm Beach on Tuesday afternoon and in Vero Beach and Sebastian by the evening. They anticipate arriving in Washington in the morning and immediately heading to planned rallies.

"We are going to be a part of the 'stop the steal' rally," Tina Stein, from St. Lucie County, said. "My belief is that this is the day that is going to change American history. I would much rather be a little head in the crowd that is signifying that we are actually changing history for the good."

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They want to be a part of an effort to pressure lawmakers to refrain from voting to certify the election.

Through the states, Biden secured 306 electoral votes over Trump's 232 votes.

"No one really wants to make this 13-hour trip, but they forced us to," another Trump supporter said. "We're mad. We're mad as hell."

Dozens of Republican lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., have said or suggested that they would not vote to certify the election until there is further investigation into allegations of voter and election fraud.

Safety measures are also in place to prevent any potential clashes between demonstrators.

Trump said in a tweet Tuesday night that he will be speaking at the rally at 11 a.m.