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Trump supporters hold up extremist signs in front of the Texas Capitol.

As Congress met to certify the 2020 election votes on Wednesday, as laid out in the 12th Amendment, President Donald Trump supporters came out in droves to the Texas State Capitol.

Despite no evidence and the claims being shut down in over 50 cases across the country, hundreds of protesters showed up to contest the election results and, as they have since November, assert that it was "stolen."

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Protesters decorated their cars with Trump regalia and well-known QAnon hashtags. They drove past the Capitol honking their car horns and people cheered along 11th Street.

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Along the street, hundreds gathered in front of the Capitol with flags, signs and some with assault rifles. Minimally-armed Austin police officers were on the scene to facilitate a peaceful protest.

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The protesters started gathering at the Capitol at noon and stayed until the evening hours. Most supporters had no masks at the event.

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The Capitol grounds opened to the public, after months of closure, on Monday. A side gate was opened to allow Trump supporters to access the Capitol but the main gate was left with the same lock that has been there since May. As the U.S. Capitol went under lockdown, the Texas Capitol was closed mid-afternoon.

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Many attendees of the rally live-streamed and recorded the sea of blue and red for their social media accounts.

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While fights occurred into the afternoon when a small number of Joe Biden supporters showed up, no one was arrested in Austin.

Austin Trump supporters rally at Texas Capitol as U.S. Capitol is breached


On an average summer day, Austinites crowd the waters at Sculpture Falls. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)

The city of Austin is warning residents of toxins that are dangerous to both humans and animals in Barton Creek waters at Sculpture Falls.

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TinyFest Texas 2021
When: 10 a.m. Saturday – 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
What: Tour tiny houses, van converstions, shipping container homes and more at this year's TinyFest. Grab tickets here for a weekend of speakers, workshops and panel discussions plus live music, food and more!

Fierce Whiskers Grand Opening
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Fierce Whiskers, 5333 Fleming Court
What: Fan of whiskey? Come along to the free grand opening of Fierce Whiskers Distillery's new tasting room. Enjoy bites from a food truck, oysters, musical performances and a raffle.

Austin Summer Carnival
When: 6 p.m. Saturday – 2 a.m. Sunday
Where: The Venue ATX, 516 East 6th St.
What: Don your dancing outfit for this carnival that celebrates the African heritage with Brazilian, Latin and Caribbean rhythms in Austin. Snag your tickets here.

Beginner's Succulent Arrangement and Planting
When: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Succulent Native, 5501 North Lamar Blvd.
What: Calling all first-time planters: Get your hands dirty and learn about succulent and cactus arrangement and care. No tools required! Grab your tickets here.