Capitol Under Lockdown Ahead of Inauguration


Three days before the presidential inauguration, Washington, D.C., is under a historic military lockdown, faced with dual threats of Covid-19 and of further attacks following the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “Hey sir, how you doing? Where we headed?” “D.C. looks like something I’ve never seen. I’ve been to the past two inaugurations, and this is the first time I came to the inauguration and it looks like this is a battle site. This is a site of a war. What you see behind me shows that we have not had a peaceful transition of power.” 25,000 National Guard troops, as well as Capitol Police, Metro Police, Secret Service and Border Patrol are being stationed around Washington, D.C., in the lead-up to the Jan. 20 ceremony. The Trump flags and militia banners have disappeared for now, but President Trump’s unsupported claims of election fraud still hold sway with his supporters. “I feel very safe down here and at peace because I’m not wearing anything, like, that says ‘Trump’ on it. I came here on the 6th of January for the event, the rally. I was not in the group of anybody that went into the Capitol. I wasn’t even close to the Capitol. And I came out because I felt like it was important for election integrity. I believe that our democracy is going to fail if Joe Biden is sworn in as president of the United States.” [Music] The U.S. Capitol and state capitols around the country will remain under tight security this week, due to widespread concerns of violence from right-wing extremists, groups linked to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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