Former N.C. congressional candidate verifies attendance at rally turned riot

Former N.C. congressional candidate verifies attendance at rally turned riot
A tweet from former N.C. congressional candidate Sandy Smith confirming her attendance at the Trump rally. (Source: Twitter)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Former North Carolina congressional candidate Sandy Smith has confirmed her attendance at the March for Trump and Stop the Steal Rally that led to a group of what some call domestic terrorists breaking into the capitol building on Wednesday.

Smith tweeted on Jan. 8 that she was at the event and that she still stands with President Donald Trump.

An email sent out Sunday on Smith’s behalf and tweeted by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman starts with, “I was there. I was at the March for Trump and the Stop the Steal Rally, supporting the President, fighting for our country and Constitution!”

Smith was a candidate for North Carolina’s first congressional district in the 2020 election. She lost to G.L. Butterfield.

The email goes on to say that she spoke to several people at the event and “none were inciting violence.”

Smith went on to denounce the riots by writing, “I don’t support violence in any way. But we need to make the D.C. establishment listen.”

The protest-turned-riot has led to five deaths, including U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

[U.S. Capitol police officer dead after clashing with pro-Trump mob]

The photo used in the email shows Smith standing with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, but was not authorized by Smith, she said in a tweet.

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