'That's my country': Milwaukee residents try to process storming of Capitol building

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Posted at 10:10 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 23:19:00-05

MILWAUKEE — Hours after crowds in support of President Trump broke into the United States Capitol building, some people in Milwaukee were still trying to process the news.

"If they want to protest, that's fine, they have the right to protest, but there's a difference between protesting and rioting," said Huachewh Vang.

Vang is a UW-Milwaukee student and said he joined the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country. Now he says he's disappointed in the state of America.

"I talk to a lot of people from outside the United States and a lot of them tell us we are actually updated with American politics because a lot of them see it as kind of a reality TV show," Vang said. "And that's the sad part. Like, yep, that's my country."

Matt Blake said he didn't vote for President Trump, but never thought it would come to what he saw Wednesday.

"Even in 2016, I thought it was ridiculous, but I didn't think anything like this would happen," Blake said.

Meanwhile, Mychal Graham said he was totally not surprised.

"You got to realize, I'm African American, so I've seen some things that you have not seen," Graham said. "Like this thing with George Floyd, I saw that. I saw that when I was going to school and I was in third grade."

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