Published: Thu, January 14, 2021

Some National Guard troops helping secure inauguration will be armed

Some National Guard troops helping secure inauguration will be armed

While Congress acted to impeach him, President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged his supporters to shun violence as the National Guard prepared to deploy at least 20,000 troops in Washington for the January 20 swearing-in of his successor Joe Biden.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, who owns a gun-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, caused a minor incident Tuesday night as she objected to the magnetometer and reportedly refused to turn over her bag; members of Congress are allowed to carry guns elsewhere in the Capitol complex, but not on the House and Senate floors.

Riot shields and gas masks are piled in the hallways.

As the US braces for more pro-Trump extremism in the weeks leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the Pentagon has approved armed National Guardsmen to be deployed to the US Capitol, Politico reported.

The troops will arrive in the nation's capital in the coming days, Evers' Office said.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he had authorized 625 Guard soldiers going to Washington from Saturday until two days after Biden's January 20 inauguration.

The request came from the National Guard Bureau. He said the guard will be deployed "to protect and defend democracy". "That's lawlessness. That's terror", Jeffries said.

National Guard troops have been frequently used by states in helping law enforcement forces quell protests over the past year.

State officials said Wednesday they were also monitoring possible armed protests but didn't yet have any threats of violence at IN locations.

One of the officials said the troops would not be the first line of defense and would be supporting law enforcement agencies, but given the threat around the Capitol, troops needed to be equipped with their weapons for self defense.

"I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive", she said without providing details, citing security concerns.

The National Guard's presence at the inauguration is not new. "That doesn't mean the president is free from fault".

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