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Chula Vista native attends rally in Washington D.C.

Posted at 4:04 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 19:54:37-05

San Diego (KGTV)- A Chula Vista native was in Washington D.C. for the rally, where the president spoke, following Capitol Hill's protest. The supporter says the unrest overshadowed what was intended to be a peaceful day.

"Majority of people that I spoke to, nobody was there to incite violence, cause damage to any property," says Alex Penkin. "They just wanted their voices to be heard."

Penkin was in Washington D.C. as thousands of people gathered at the Washington Monument Wednesday morning.

For hours, he says he and his fiancé stood among the crowd listening to several speakers at the rally, including President Trump.

"Everything was very peaceful. Everyone was very nice. Everyone was there to have a good time, and support the president."

Shortly after the president spoke, supporters marched to the nation's capitol.

"I've never seen so many people gathered in one spot, walking together, being apart of the same movement."

Penkin says he and his fiancé spent most of their time on the backside of the U.S. Capitol. After hours of peaceful protests, things took a turn.

"We started seeing people trying to take it to the next level," says Penkin. "To see all of it kind of unwind and blow up at the end of the line was kind of disheartening."

Penkin says he did not know the extent of the unrest until they left the capitol and went back to their hotel.

"The events that broke out kind of overshadowed everything that went on for the past 6-7 hours that morning."

He says it was frustrating to see the damage made to U.S. Capitol.

"I do understand that people are frustrated, and they feel they really need to make their voices heard, but that's not the right way of going about doing it."