More than 10,000 National Guard troops have been dispatched to Washington, D.C., in the lead up to next week's presidential inauguration and the anticipation of armed protests.
Following last Wednesday's storming of Capitol Hill by pro-Trump supporters, officials have suspended public tours in D.C.; closed National Park facilities, parking areas, and roadways; and have warned the public about the potential for tense demonstrations in the nation's capital, as well as in all 50 states in the coming days.
"Groups involved in the January 6, 2021, riots at the U.S. Capitol continue to threaten to disrupt the 59th presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021," Jeffrey Reinbold, superintendent of U.S. memorial parks and the National Mall, said in a statement. "This includes the set up and execution of inaugural events, which occur in several park areas."
Site Intelligence Group, an organization that tracks radical online threats, said that major far-right protests are being planned on January 17.
Raising even greater concern is significant online chatter that a "Million Militia March" is being planned for Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day.
The 10,000-plus guardsman set to arrive in D.C. is a marked increase from the roughly 6,000 that had been previously planned and represents a much larger presence than past inaugurations.