Jessica Frank-Vega felt good as she walked away from President Donald Trump’s Save America rally in Washington D.C. last week. Sure, she was tired after traveling 19 hours on a bus with 50 strangers. And she was cold and hungry. But she was energized after listening to Trump’s speech and meeting dozens of people who share her passionate support for the president and for America.
It didn’t take long for that excitement to fade. While Frank-Vega saw people who were “a little wild” during the rally and immediately afterward, it wasn’t until she boarded the bus to head home to Iowa Falls that she learned a mob of insurrectionists had breached the Capitol, forcing the evacuation of lawmakers who were meeting to confirm Joe Biden’s election win. The riot left destruction and injuries in its wake. Five people died, and dozens of arrests have followed.