Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked that Americans not come to the country’s capital for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday.
The secret service started preparations early and the National Guard was very visible and well represented.
More security is brought
Around 25,000 guards help improve security around the Capitol following protests and civil unrest in Washing DC on January 6th during the 2020 presidential election congressional certification.
Bowser has requested and received a pre-disaster statement for Washington DC from Chad Wolf, Secretary of State for Homeland Security, and President Trump himself.
Bowser has also asked President Trump to cancel his public meeting between January 10 and January 24.
Today I issued Mayor’s Order 2021-004 to extend a break in various activities in the district until Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:00 a.m.
– Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 12, 2021
Secretary Wolf had also instructed the secret service to begin operations for national special security events on Wednesday January 13 instead of January 19.
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The increased security is in response not just to last week’s violence, but also to FBI bulletins reporting that “From January 16 through at least January 20 in all 50 state capitals and starting January 17 in the US Capitol armed protests are scheduled through January 20th. “
According to a report by ABC News, the FBI has also received information about a group calling for state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings to be “stormed” if President Donald Trump is removed from office before inauguration day.
The FBI also says the same group is planning to “storm” government offices in each state on the day President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, regardless of whether or not the state confirmed the votes for Biden or Trump.
The FBI is currently trying to identify the people who illegally entered the Capitol and attacked police officers. About 29 of these people have been identified since Sunday.
The #FBI continues to seek information to identify individuals who actively contributed to violence on January 6th in Washington, DC. Visit https://t.co/h36NpdxbEh to view pictures from recent cases. When you see someone you recognize, post a tip at https://t.co/buMd8vYXzH. pic.twitter.com/cGgWNeywIc
– FBI (@FBI) January 10, 2021
President Trump again denounced violence
Prior to the indictment, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said that “justice would be served”.
Hours after he was charged a second time, President Trump posted a video in which he again condoned violence of all kinds.
In the 5-minute video, Trump stated, “Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for. No real supporter of mine could advocate political violence. ”
At a press conference on Monday, Bowser said she was afraid for our democracy. “We have very extreme factions in our country that are armed and dangerous. She continued, “Trumpism will not die on January 20th.”
Rep. Omar’s justice can be to ensure that another outsider never enters the White House because Trumpism will not be dead on Jan. 20th.