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Few protesters and business as usual at Nebraska State Capitol during inauguration

Few protesters and business as usual at Nebraska State Capitol during inauguration


With pro-Trump flags waving in the wind, three men marched around the Nebraska State Capitol on Wednesday morning.

As the trio completed one lap, a few passing cars honked in support. A second lap brought a shouted expletive from a man driving by.

In Washington, D.C., Joe Biden had just been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

Officials across the country had braced for the possibility of demonstrations like the riot seen on Jan. 6, when angry mobs of Trump supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

In Nebraska, Jan. 6 brought several hundred people to the north steps of the State Capitol in support of President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

It was a contrast to the three men gathered there Wednesday.


Bryan Lockman, 53, of Lincoln, right, and another man walk in protest during the inauguration of President Joe Biden around the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Bryan Lockman of Lincoln said he’d planned to protest on his own “on the chance there’d be people here.”

The 53-year-old doesn’t believe Biden was legally elected, a conspiracy shared by many protesters.

“I just don’t believe he was legally made president,” Lockman said. “Things just don’t look right, and I think it needs to be investigated. I think we need to come up with a better system.”

In December, U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared that the U.S. Justice Department had uncovered no evidence of fraud that could have changed the election’s outcome.

The two men walking with Lockman declined to comment or share their names.

Inside the Capitol, business continued as usual as senators introduced bills during the 107th legislative session.

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