National Guard called up to DC for rally security

Friday, 08 Jan, 2021

"Some of our intelligence certainly suggests there will be increased crowd sizes", said Contee, adding, "There are people intent on coming to our city armed".

Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, said they would be in a support role.

The National Park Service has approved at least three First Amendment demonstration permits for use of the National Mall this week.

More than 300 District of Columbia National Guardsmen will be in Washington this week to help support police officers patrolling protests scheduled by supporters of President Donald Trump.

On Monday, Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio after he arrived in Washington ahead of this week's protests. He also allegedly had two high-capacity magazines, police said. Several rallies are planned for Wednesday, including one outside the US Congress. Some reports circulated on Wednesday that Trump would speak to supporters, but as of late Tuesday, he has no public events on his schedule.

But this hasn't stopped the president from pushing members of his party to "stop the steal", citing baseless claims of massive voter fraud.

These rallies are set to coincide with the Congress vote set to certify the Electoral College voters from the November presidential elections that will declare President-elect Joe Biden the victor of the election. "Our Constitution will endure". Contee said city officials expect the pro-Trump crowds to outnumber the two violent demonstrations backing the president in D.C. late past year.

At a November rally, which drew about 15,000 people, Trump staged a limousine drive-by past cheering crowds in Freedom Plaza, on the city's iconic Pennsylvania Avenue.

A MI native being swamped with messages after President Donald Trump mistakenly published their phone number said the incident shows why people shouldn't believe everything they read on Facebook. "That's a very important issue", Cohen said.

The Harrington Hotel, where Proud Boys members often stay and congregate, announced last month that it will be closed January 4 to January 6.

"We will be increasing out visibility around the churches in the area", he said.

Two days into the new, 117th Congress, Boebert has reported to work minus the Glock, according to an aide who asked not to be identified. It will also be Buffalo's first home playoff appearance since a 30-27 loss to Jacksonville on December 28, 1996, in what proved to be Bills' Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's final game.Not surprisingly, the limited number of tickets sold out shortly after being made available on Thursday."It's goose-bump material", long-time season-ticket holder Barbara Babiarz told Rochester's WHEC-TV after landing two tickets.

The statement concluded, "Finally, it is illegal to open carry firearms in the District". Similarly, firearms are generally prohibited on the grounds of the Capitol.

Boebert's aide said she and a posse of other House members would soon propose changing the Democratic-controlled chamber's rules so that she can pack her Glock wherever and whenever she wants.