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Glenn Beck Leads Activists To 'Clean Up' National Mall

Glenn Beck speaks to a crowd of a few hundred people before setting out to "clean up D.C."
Jacob Fenston
Glenn Beck speaks to a crowd of a few hundred people before setting out to "clean up D.C."

While inside the Capitol on Saturday, hope fizzled that a resolution to the shutdown could be in sight, outside, Tea Party activists rallied, promising to "clean up D.C."

The crowd outside the Capitol came armed with trash bags and yard tools, led by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck.

Beck urged Tea Party lawmakers inside to not back down. No government? No problem: "You really want to solve it? You let the people solve it. You don't have the money to run the parks? That's all right. Do you know what an honor it is?"

"This land belongs to us, and that's what motivated me to come all the way from Oklahoma to pick up trash on the National Mall," says Scott McEachin, who came with gardening gloves and a group of friends.

"It's our responsibility as citizens to take care of things that belong to us the citizens, such as the National Mall and memorials," says Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, who came with McEachin.

But as the crowds scoured the shrubs and grass, they didn't find much more than a few cigarette butts. The District Department of Public Works has been collecting trash here since the shutdown began.

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