The Associated Press
Like people across the country, some Rhode Islanders on Saturday celebrated former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential victory while others echoed President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.
Barbara Mullen and several of her friends had already planned to gather outside the Rhode Island Statehouse to support Biden-Harris. Then she heard the news, and the rally became a celebration.
“It’s a doubly good day to be Black, a woman, an American, just a human being that cares about other people,” said Mullen, a school administrator from Providence. “It’s a great day. I’m close to tears, because it’s just a beautiful day.”
Within an hour, dozens of people were gathering with Mullen and her friends, singing, dancing and erupting into boisterous cheers whenever passing cars honked.
Across the street, a smaller gathering of about a dozen Trump supporters held flags and signs making baseless allegations of voter fraud. Patty Curran, a small business owner from North Providence, said she is hopeful that legal challenges could change the final vote in many states.
“This is about our votes not being counted,” she said.