Capitol officials are preparing for possible attacks from far-right conspiracists on March 4. To combat possible attacks, U.S. Capitol Police has stated that they will bring in "additional personnel" on Thursday.
“As a precaution, and to support the safety and security of members and staff, the USCP will have additional personnel posted throughout Capitol Grounds,” the United States Capitol Police stated.
“Additionally, the National Guard continues to maintain a presence on Capitol grounds to support the USCP with maintaining an increased security posture.”
March 4 stands as an important date in American history as it used to be the date on which U.S. Presidents were inaugurated. Inauguration Day shifted to an earlier date after the 20th amendment was ratified. In recent months, the March 4 date has been used by online conspirators as a rallying cry. Many far-right theorists shared the belief that former President Donald Trump would be inaugurated on March 4.
While officers prepare for the worse, many officials believe that the day will run smoothly. The acting sergeant at arms for the House of Representatives, Timothy Blodgett, indicated that plans to riot or attack the capitol have “reportedly declined amongst various groups in recent days." Blodgett also said that he does not believe any groups will travel to Washington, D.C. to cause chaos.
Fears of a March 4 riot are the latest event in Donald Trump's post-presidency run. Last week, he teased a presidential run in 2024.
"I want you to know that I am going to continue to fight right by your side," Trump told a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Despite the actions of his predecessor and his supporters, President Joe Biden has largely ignored Trump's actions during his first few weeks in office. At this time, it is unclear what Biden's schedule will consist of on March 4.
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