For several days now, the mainstream media has been buzzing over the possibility that a fresh round of violent demonstrations could take place in Washington D.C. in the days leading up to — and on the day — President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office.
According to Fox News, there have been a number of preparations being made in the nation’s capital to counter that possibility, with President Donald Trump on Monday approving an emergency declaration for the city, which will allow it to marshal federal resources and law enforcement to bolster the city’s efforts to keep the peace.
The president granted the request, which was made over the weekend by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, just days after her city was overrun with massive numbers of pro-Trump supporters and other demonstrators who would eventually lay siege to the U.S. Capitol.
“Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” the emergency declaration stated. “Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.”
The move to round up all available resources came at the same time that the FBI announced that they intercepted intel that suggests armed protests will likely occur in the coming days in the capitals of all 50 U.S. states, according to the Associated Press.
“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the U.S. Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” an FBI bulletin read, which quickly hit the newswires.
The FBI also made clear in the bulletin that it’s not interested in focusing on those who might show up to protest peacefully and express their First Amendment rights, but it will focus on emerging threats and keep a close eye on developing crowds to spot any indications that violence could break out.
President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20 in a heavily modified ceremony based on current COVID-19 protocols along with heightened security protocols. Trump has already publicly stated that he will not be in attendance, however, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that he will be attending.