Nation Prepares for Possible Unrest Ahead of Biden Inauguration

Headline Roundup January 17th, 2021

Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, the National Guard has deployed 25,000 members to Washington, D.C. in anticipation of unrest. Approximately 7,000 National Guard troops are already stationed in the nation's capitol, with more to arrive from various states before Wednesday at the request of the Secret Service, according to the chief of the National Guard Bureau. Military leaders called Thursday and Friday for state leaders across the country to send extra troops; some responded to the call, while others declined, securing their own cities in anticipation of unrest after the Capitol building was breached on Jan. 6. States including Wisconsin and Oregon stationed security in their cities. The Associated Press reported Thursday that the FBI were tracking "online chatter" regarding armed protests in the upcoming week.

Media outlets across the political spectrum covered the news. Some coverage reported that despite the extra security, few protesters showed up at the U.S. Capitol over the weekend.

Nation Prepares for Possible Unrest Ahead of Biden Inauguration

From the Right
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As President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration nears, officials have boosted the number of National Guard members deployed in Washington, D.C., to 25,000 -- an increase of 25 percent.

Guard members have fanned out across the U.S. Capitol lawn, inside the building and in surrounding areas of D.C. for days. It's an unprecedented security force, deemed necessary in the wake of a deadly riot at the Capitol and continuing threats of domestic terrorism.

At least 7,000 National Guard troops from dozens of states are already on the ground in the nation's...

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From the Left
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By the busload and planeload, National Guard troops were pouring into the nation’s capital on Saturday, as governors answered the urgent pleas of U.S. defense officials for more troops to help safeguard Washington even as they keep anxious eyes on possible violent protests in their own states.

Military leaders spent chunks of Thursday evening and Friday calling states in an unprecedented appeal for more National Guard troops to help lock down much of the city in the days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. In dribs and drabs, governors responded, some...

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From the Center
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Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president’s false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out for what authorities feared could be violent demonstrations. More than a dozen states activated National Guard troops to help secure their capitol buildings following an FBI warning of armed demonstrations, with right-wing extremists emboldened by the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

Security officials had eyed Sunday as the first major flashpoint, as that is...

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