Pro-Trump demonstrations begin one day ahead of Wednesdayâ€™s rally
By Marissa J. Lang, Emily Davies, Peter Hermann, Jessica Contrera and Clarence Williams
For nearly eight hours Tuesday, speakers repeated election conspiracy theories, closed their eyes to pray and shared discount codes for MyPillow, a company owned by a Trump ally.
Shortly before 8 p.m., they danced to a part-country, part-rap song, â€œRoger Stone did nothing wrong.â€ Stone, who was pardoned by Trump for lying to Congress and obstructing justice, appeared onstage in a pinstripe suit and feathered fedora, swinging his hips to the tune.
â€œI have two words to say,â€ Stone began. â€œThank you, Jesus.â€
He then launched into a speech comparing the investigation into his wrongdoing to centuries of abuses and terror inflicted on Black people. He claimed he was the subject of a â€œlegal lynching.â€ He said Trump â€œfreed this slaveâ€ referring to himself.