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Kentuckians who were at the Capitol on Wednesday recall a peaceful event before violence broke out

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Posted at 5:32 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 20:08:47-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LEX 18) — Jeff Farmer and some friends were with the tens of thousands of people at the Capitol Wednesday to show their support for President Trump.

"There's millions of Americans who think the election wasn't exactly fair and voting discrepancies, it's something we wanted to take part in," said Farmer, of Versailles.

He arrived in Washington D.C. before dawn and said for hours, the crowd was peaceful.

"Everyone felt very well protected and safe then that happened; it was just disgraceful," said Farmer.

He is referring to the people who climbed the steps and forced their way into the Capitol.

"I think it was a small group of people that influenced some weaker-minded people to follow their lead."

Glenn Wathen, of Louisville, says the thousands he saw respected the rules and walked peacefully to the Capitol as planned. He said it's a shame the day ended with violence, and one woman was shot to death by police after she entered the Capitol.

"None of us condone that that's why I think it's important for this message to be out just like it's very important if it's BLM or whatever or anybody who protests, and you have a small group that goes off the rails it important to follow up and say we don't support or condone that type of activity," said Wathen.