Patriots Storm the Steps of the Capitol for Patriot Rally [INCLUDES PHOTO ESSAY]
Hundreds of Pennsylvania patriots took to the capitol steps in Harrisburg Saturday in an all-American election year event that was part rally and part revival.
While the event seemed like a hybrid of a Trump rally, a 9/11 memorial, a police lives matter protest and a ReOpenPA event, the unifying theme was their love of liberty and country.
The event opened with an almost deafening biker parade with hundreds of bikers representing a dozen motorcycle clubs revving their engines as they rolled past the cheering crowds.
After the national anthem and a pledge of allegiance led by the man who bills himself the ” Bangledeshi for Trump” – a legal immigrant who came to America in 2010 from Bangledesh and plans to cast his first vote this year as an American citizen for President Trump – speakers took the stage between rousing rock anthems.
State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) was introduced to crowd chants of “Doug for Gov!” – the popular former Army colonel is considered a favorite to run for the GOP nomination for governor in 2022 – and he kicked off the event with a defiant message for Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf.
“We do not consent to dictatorial powers, governor,” Mastriano said.
Mastriano has been a leading voice in the legislature to reign in Wolf’s seizure of emergency powers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, actions that put thousands of elderly in danger in nursing homes, and which has destroyed hundreds of small businesses in the state.
Other speakers included a former New York Firefighter who was in the Twin Towers on 9/11, various Central PA business owners struggling against the state’s restrictions or who have openly defied state authorities, and wounded Pennsylvania warriors.
“Last time I checked, it was my choice whether I want to wear a mask, or go to work – not someone who sits in some office,” Adam Lanier, a former Marine sniper in 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, who served and was wounded in Mirza, Afghanistan in 2010, told Lancaster-blog.com after his speech. “I don’t like a lot of what I’ve seen since I got back and I’m not liking what I see now.
“I don’t like how Gov. Wolf got to decide arbitrarily which businesses got to stay open and which closed, keeping his own kitchen cabinet business open but pretending like restaurants that serve food aren’t essential businesses,” Lanier said.
Lancaster County’s Matthew Bellis, one of the founders of the ReOpenPA Facebook group – which has more than 100,000 members – also spoke to the rally-goers.
“This state will not open because our leaders open it. It will open because of you, the people. God bless you, God bless the state of Pennsylvania and God bless the United State of America,” Bellis said in closing his firebrand speech.
Following are scenes from the day you won’t see in any other publication.