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World's Saddest Trump Rally Draws Lone Protester: 'Kind Of By Myself Out Here'

Most pro-Trump demonstrations on Inauguration Day were low-key affairs.

State officials beefed up security at capitols around the nation for Inauguration Day, bracing for the possibility of violent protests after the deadly insurrection in Washington D.C. by supporters of former President Donald Trump earlier this month. 

But for the most part, the demonstrations that occurred while President Joe Biden took the oath of office were low-key affairs, including a few where just a single Trump supporter showed up, as was the case outside the New York State Capitol in Albany. 

“I wanted to be part of the Patriot Party, join supporters of Trump, y’know?” Mark Leggiero told NBC News. “I find myself kind of by myself out here.”

Trump supporter Mark Leggiero, of Florida, N.Y., holds a banner outside the New York state Capitol objecting to the inaugurat
Trump supporter Mark Leggiero, of Florida, N.Y., holds a banner outside the New York state Capitol objecting to the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

“I was hoping that we’d have more supporters out here,” he told NBC. 

Leggiero was alone in Albany, but he wasn’t alone in spirit. Tiny Trump rallies – some as small as a single person – broke out around the nation, including this guy at the California State Capitol in Sacramento: 

A pro-Trump protest by the Nevada state Capitol in Carson City drew twice as many demonstrators:

John Hess, a Donald Trump supporter, holds a sign while protesting at the Washington State Capitol on Wednesday.
John Hess, a Donald Trump supporter, holds a sign while protesting at the Washington State Capitol on Wednesday.

Elie Mystal of The Nation compiled some other examples into a Twitter thread, including these: