ALBANY – There was no massive protest by supporters of President Donald J. Trump outside the well-fortified State Capitol on Wednesday, objecting to the inauguration of new President Joe Biden.
In fact, there was just one man in the park near the fenced-off east step of the massive building — Mark Leggiero, from the Montgomery County town of Florida — sporting a Trump-branded long-sleeve jersey and a colorful Trump flag.
“I was coming out to hopefully join a bunch of peaceful protesters in supporting the cause, that’s is almost a lost cause now, unfortunately, I’m sad to say,” Leggiero told Gazette photographer Peter R. Barber.
He said he wasn’t interested in politics before Trump, and Trump will “always be my president.”
“He gave me spirit he gave me pride, he wanted me to live free,” Leggiero said.
The Capitol has been fortified with fencing and barriers since the Jan. 6 riot of Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol. The FBI subsequently warned of possible trouble at all 50 state capitols, and state police and other law enforcement agencies last week said they would be prepared for trouble. Albany City Hall, located across a small park from the state Capitol, was closed for the day.
See a video interview with Leggiero here.
See a video interview with Leggiero here. Video by our Peter R. Barber: