Lone Trump supporter, from Montgomery County, at State Capitol in Albany for Inauguration Day

Mark Leggiero at the Capitol Wednesday

Mark Leggiero at the Capitol Wednesday

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:

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hope028 January 21, 2021
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Hi Mark,

Your are a true hero of our democracy. For the Americans and people in the world who are fighting for, the U.S. Supreme Court since 1978, the judges’ arguments for allowing the freedom
of “political speech” by everyone.

William Curran January 21, 2021
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Mr Leggiero, be sure to keep the faith. Mr Benson, thank you for showing respect for Mr Leggiero’s thoughts about what he feels President Trump did for him. This is healthy. The condemnation that some people express toward thoughts and feelings such as Mr Leggiero’s display their complete lack of understanding of what makes our country, the United States of America, great.

Thomas Benson January 20, 2021
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Mr. Leggiero, don’t lose your hope for the future. I don’t know what you saw in Donald J. Trump as a President. Many of us were never in his thrall. We see his Presidency as dark and divisive times and we are glad to move on. The thing is, democracy is messy and more complex than slogans and dwelling on grievance. Solutions to problems are hard to find and seldom perfect but we have been plodding along for 200 plus years, peacefully disagreeing. When your first relatives came here from, likely Europe like mine, they sought to be a part of something they could never be a part of in the Old World. A piece of our Republic. A partner in this experiment called America, of which we are all equal owners. Just keep engaging, voting and voicing your opinion. I am sure we as citizens of the greatest nation in history will continue to do what each of us do, to make it better all the time.