National Guard Deployed and Armed to Defend Capitol Building Ahead of Biden Inauguration

Headline Roundup January 13th, 2021

The National Guard was armed with lethal weapons Tuesday night as it fortified the area surrounding the U.S. Capitol building ahead of Congress' debate over impeaching President Donald Trump. Up to 20,000 troops will be deployed in Washington D.C. leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, up from Monday’s commitment of 15,000. This comes as the FBI warns of “armed protests” against the inauguration being planned in all 50 states and D.C. Despite the warnings, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris still plan on taking the oath of office outside, as is tradition.

Some outlets on all sides published coverage of photographs of National Guard troops sleeping on the floors of the Capitol building. Some right-rated outlets compared the number of National Guard troops to the number of troops currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coverage in left-rated outlets tended to be more blunt in linking President Trump to past and future armed protests against the election.

National Guard Deployed and Armed to Defend Capitol Building Ahead of Biden Inauguration

From the Left
2425

The Pentagon has approved National Guardsmen protecting the U.S. Capitol to carry lethal weapons in the days leading up to the inauguration, as law enforcement continues to receive information about credible threats of violence from armed militia groups, two Guard spokespeople confirmed.

As of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the Guardsmen who are responsible for security around the Capitol building complex were armed with lethal weapons, U.S. Air National Guard Capt. Chelsi Johnson told POLITICO. The New York Times was the first to report the news.

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From the Center
2425

National Guardsmen providing security at the U.S. Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration are now armed, the D.C. National Guard said.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy authorized the troops to be armed at the request of federal authorities, the D.C. Guard said in a statement. The troops were armed as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, it added.

“National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary,” the D.C. Guard said. “The public’s safety is our...

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From the Right
2425

With just one week until President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, federal law enforcement agencies are launching a massive security initiative as they brace for more violence after a mob of Trump supporters laid siege to the Capitol last week.

Still, the inauguration is set to proceed as scheduled with several high-profile security precautions in place, including enhanced National Guard presence and ramped-up law enforcement by state and local officials. President Trump also declared a state of emergency in Washington, citing the "emergency conditions" of Biden's inauguration.

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