Legally armed protester stands outside Dittmar campaign offices for hours

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FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- On Thursday, a Fluvanna County resident stood outside Jane Dittmar's Palmyra campaign office to protest Hillary Clinton.

The protester, Daniel Parks, says that he hopes his protest encourages other Trump supporters to stand up for what they believe in.

"I'm just trying to provide a voice for someone who might be a closet supporter of Trump. Other people who are a little worried to speak out because of possible persecution," he said.

Parks stood outside the offices for almost 12 hours. Dittmar volunteers say that the protest was disturbing.

"If he wants to support his candidate that's fine, but don't come here and stare into the office all day," said Su Wolff, a Fluvanna County resident and Dittmar volunteer.

Parks was eventually joined by another protester, and Wolff said that the most troubling part of the protest was that both of them started to expose their firearms.

"He turned sideways to be sure that we would see that he has an open carry gun, which is legal, and is fine, but it's intimidating," she said.

Parks said that his firearm is legal, and that he had no ill intention by carrying it.

"We're not a threat to anybody, the only threat is ignorance, and ignorance breeds fear," he said.

Parks also spoke about the news of Trump pulling out of Virginia, saying that he hasn't given up on the state.

"He might be pulling out, but we're not pulling out, and I'm going to stand my ground and speak out for what I believe in," he said.

He also said he plans on doing a similar protest in Richmond later this year.

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