After a rally in front of the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, dozens of Trump supporters were able to open a door in a driveway gate and stream up to the governor’s mansion, where they waved flags and chanted slogans as law enforcement stood guard on the front porch, the Seattle Times reports. “Whose house — our house” some chanted, and one man planted a big red and white sign that declared, “Trump won 2020.” Some of the protesters were armed.
The roughly half-hour standoff with law enforcement ended as the group decided to leave the grounds rather than risk arrest. The Washington State Patrol said no arrests were made and Gov. Jay Inslee was in a “safe location.” He said a day that was supposed to be dedicated to preparing for the opening of the legislative session was “forcefully interrupted” by what he called acts of attempted intimidation. “Those acts of intimidation will not succeed in any way, shape or form,” Inslee said. “We will continue the work we are doing to protect the health of Washingtonians.” It was unclear how the Trump supporters were able to open the gate. As they moved forward, one state trooper told them to stop, then retreated — walking backward to the front of the mansion with a weapon drawn that appeared to be a Taser.