Joe Biden's inauguration could have more National Guard than Trump, Obama combined
Some 20,000 troops will be deployed to Washington, D.C. next week to protect the ceremony, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday.
Only those who serve as military police or have law enforcement experience will be armed, according to an anonymous official who spoke with NPR. They will be drawn from all states, the official said, and will have access to their weapons but will not carry them.
Tensions remain high after last week's violence, with internet chatter among right-wing extremists suggesting that at least some will try to disrupt the inauguration, either in Washington or at other capitols around the country.Trump issued a statement Wednesday urging"NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind," though continues to falsely claim the election was stolen from him.
The current president's inauguration was also highly charged, given the divisive nature of the campaign in which he defeated Democratic candidatein 2016. Then, some 8,000 National Guard troops were on hand to protect his inauguration.President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013 was supported by around headtopics.com
6,000members of the National Guard.Obama's first inauguration ceremony in 2009 was supported by some 10,000 guardsmen. They were on hand to help authorities deal with a record-breaking crowd of spectators who turned out to see America's first Black president sworn into office.
They were also there to ensure security amid concerns that racist and right-wing extremists might try to disrupt the event or even attack the new president.Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 2021, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching President Donald Trump.Read more: Newsweek »
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😂👍 BUSH AND OBAMA =WAR CONFLICTS EVERYWHERE U must thank PRESIDENT TRUMP's decision to bring back home, part of the troops, from other places. Trump is finally getting his military parade. The democracy must be able to defend itself. 🤣🤣🤣 I wonder why? They are not there for Biden. Good. We need to keep him and everybody else in DC safe.
Now we know why trump wanted to bring the troops home so badly. He wants to start a war in America