Trump supporters at Oklahoma Capitol protest election

The Shawnee News-Star
Trump supporters rally at the state Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Close to 1,000 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered Wednesday at the Oklahoma Capitol as a joint session of Congress convened in Washington, D.C., to confirm the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden.

Holding "Trump 2020" flags and signs that read "Stop the Steal," the protesters gathered on the Capitol's south steps. Nearly all of the protesters were not wearing masks, and a handful were armed with long guns.

The group was organized by administrators of a #Drivefor45-Oklahoma Facebook page that coordinated motorcades of Trump supporters across the state during Trump's presidential campaign. A handful of state legislators also participated.

The Oklahoma Legislature was not in session, and much of the crowd dispersed after a light rain began to fall.

Trump won Oklahoma with more than 65% of the vote in November's election, defeating Biden in each of the state's 77 counties. Biden won the Electoral College 306-232 and is to be inaugurated Jan. 20.

Despite Trump's repeated claims of voter fraud, election officials and his own former attorney general have said there were no problems on a scale that would change the outcome. All the states have certified their results as fair and accurate, by Republican and Democratic officials alike.