An man exposed his firearm while standing outside a Democratic U.S. House candidate's office for 12 hours on Thursday, CBS 19 reported.
Daniel Parks said he was protesting Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE's presidential campaign by standing outside Jane Dittmar's campaign office in Fluvanna County, Va.
"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," Parks, who supports Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE for president, told CBS 19.
"We're not a threat to anybody, the only threat is ignorance, and ignorance breeds fear," he added.
Parks was legally armed and was joined by a second protester later in the day.
While Dittmar volunteers said that they don't challenge Parks's right to a peaceful armed protest, they called it an act of intimidation.
"If he wants to support his candidate that's fine, but don't come here and stare into the office all day," said volunteer Su Wolff.
"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."
Dittmar is running to replace retiring Rep. Robert HurtRobert HurtThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms Democrat defeats controversial chair of House Wall Street subpanel Republican groups launch final ad blitz in key House battlegrounds MORE (R-Va.).
Parks also commented on the reports that Trump may be be pulling out of Virginia.
"He might be pulling out, but we're not pulling out, and I'm gonna stand my ground and speak out for what I believe in," Parks said.