Dueling rallies in Richmond after Biden defeats Trump for White House

'We have to raise our voice'
Posted at 12:38 AM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 00:47:12-05

Watch the video above for CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil’s report.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Dueling rallies in support of President Trump and President-elect Biden were held in downtown Richmond Saturday just a few blocks from each other.

The demonstrations were an example of how split some Americans are over the outcome of Election 2020.

Chanting “This isn’t over!" and “Stop the steal,” supporters of President Donald Trump are protesting at state capitols across the country.

They are refusing to accept defeat and echoing Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations that the Democrats won the election by fraud.

From Atlanta and Tallahassee, Florida, to Bismarck, North Dakota, Boise, Idaho, and Phoenix, crowds ranging in size from a few dozen to a few thousand are decrying the news of Joe Biden’s victory after more than three exhausting days of vote-counting put the Democrat over the top.

"I can accept an election result when it's fair, transparent and honest, but we the people here did not feel like it has been that way," State Senator Amanda Chase (R - Chesterfield) said at a rally dubbed "Stop the Steal."

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"It's very obvious there's some wonky things going on," said Donna Morris, who attended the Richmond protest. "We have to raise our voice, we can't let this slide."

However, a half mile away at the "Count Every Vote" demonstration folks turned out to celebrate Biden's projected win.

“Study after study has shown there is no such thing as systemic voter fraud," SEIU Va 512 Union President David Broder said. "Whoever you voted for, we believe your vote should count and it's really unconscionable that our president would use his office to try and stop the voting."

Kayla Lipscomb, who attended the rally, said she believes the fight to count all of the votes "is not over" and is "just beginning."

Broder also added he is seeing a diverse group of Americans, including Democrats, Republicans and independent voters, "stand up and say there is no voter fraud. This is our democracy."

The crowds at both Richmond rallies were peaceful.

And in his first speech after securing the White House, the president-elect made an appeal to Trump supporters.

Biden said Saturday night in Wilmington, Delaware, that “this is the time to heal in America” and pledged to be a president to represent even those who didn’t support him.

Noting”I’ve lost a couple times myself,” Biden said, “now, let’s give each other a chance.”

Trump has not conceded the race to Biden, pursuing legal challenges over ballot counts in several states.

Biden said “it’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again,” saying of his political opponents, “they are not our enemies. They are Americans.”