With thousands of supporters for President Trump expected to descend upon the District of Columbia ahead of the Congressional certification of the Electoral College vote, Mayor Muriel Bowser has called out National Guard troops to help with crowd control, necessary street closures, and to keep the peace.
"Capital guardsmen will also support D.C. Fire and Emergency Management Services with specially trained Civil Support Team personnel. Guardsmen are prepared to respond to augment the main missions, should additional personnel be required," the D.C. National Guard said.
According to officials, about 340 Guard troops will be present in the city between January 5 and 7. Congress meets to certify the vote on January 6.
Bowser has encouraged people to avoid the downtown region through Wednesday, and has instructed them to avoid engagement with pro-Trump demonstrators that she said are simply there to seek "confrontation."
She also issued a statement to notify anyone coming to D.C. to remember that the district's laws prohibit any firearms from being carried within 1,000 feet of any "First Amendment activity."
Estimates for crowds range anywhere between a few thousand to hundreds of thousands.