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Politics Inauguration Day 2021: What now? Capitol riots, Trump supporter threats prompt safety concerns

04:25  08 january  2021
04:25  08 january  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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As the tear gas began to dissipate and the mob was finally cleared from the Capitol late Wednesday, the specter of a new security challenge loomed large.

The inauguration of a new president, set for Jan. 20, typically poses one of the most enormous security challenges for the federal government and local police, as former presidents and foreign dignitaries gather to observe what – until Wednesday – represented the peaceful transfer of power at the very Capitol that was overrun.

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“Reminder that the U.S. Presidential Inauguration day is on January 20th. That is the next date on the calendar that the Pro-Trump and other nationalist crowds will potentially converge on the Capitol again,” a white supremacist Telegram channel posted.

On Wimkin, another platform, a group calling itself “Million Militia March” issued this call: “IF OUR COUNTRY DIES on 1/20, it won’t be the only thing that dies. President Trump will die, they will hang him, if not by a rope they will end him in some way. Don Jr. too. Eric too. Ivanka. Barron. The First Lady. They will not leave ANY Trump free to avenge what they have done to their father. THEY FOUGHT FOR US. What are WE going to DO?”

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Donald Trump has committed to a peaceful transition of power for the first time after Joe Biden This morning, the US Vice President Mike Pence condemned the violent supporters of President Trump who stormed the US Capitol . She said that "freedom is not under threat in any European country".

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump encouraged supporters at a rally near the White House to march to Capitol Hill, where the House and Senate convened in a joint session to count the electoral votes to formally declare Joe Biden's victory. Trump called the rioters "special people," and that he and his

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Pro-Trump rioters take over temporary risers built for the inauguration at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.c. on Jan. 6, 2021. © Jarrad Henderson, USA TODAY Pro-Trump rioters take over temporary risers built for the inauguration at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.c. on Jan. 6, 2021.

"I am very concerned for the inauguration," said Art Acevedo, the police chief in Houston who heads the Major Cities Chiefs Association. "Between now and Jan. 20, the strongest possible measures have to be put in place. They (security officials) need to imagine the unimaginable. Whatever they had planned before needs to multiply by tenfold."

In the midst of Wednesday's chaos, rioters were seen climbing the scaffolding recently erected to accommodate inauguration spectators, with some using risers to gain access to the building. Others calmly wandered through the proposed inaugural spectator area, as if they were picking out their own seats.

Plans to wreak havoc on Inauguration Day were in the works long before Wednesday's violence in the Capitol.

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On January 6, 2021 , a mob of rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol , breaching security and occupying parts of the building for several hours.

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In a November YouTube video that has since been removed, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio urged fellow members to show up on Jan. 20 to turn Biden’s inauguration into a “circus, a sign of resistance, a sign of revolution.”

The Secret Service, which oversees inaugural security, said Thursday that security plans have been in development for more than a year "to anticipate and prepare for all possible contingencies."

"The inauguration of the President of the United States is a foundational element of our democracy," the agency said in a statement. "The safety and security of all those participating in the 59th Presidential Inauguration is of the utmost importance."

President-elect Joe Biden expressed confidence Wednesday.

"I am not concerned about my safety, security, or the inauguration," Biden told reporters just hours after the siege at the Capitol forced Vice President Mike Pence and other top leaders to be whisked away to safety. "I'm not concerned. The American people are going to stand up, stand up now. Enough is enough is enough."

Biden’s inaugural committee said Thursday it is in close contact with its security partners and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which is in charge of planning the swearing-in and other inaugural events at the Capitol.

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“We are confident in our security partners who have spent months planning and preparing for the inauguration, and we are continuing to work with them to ensure the utmost safety and security of the President-elect, Vice President-elect, participants and the public during this historic event,” said a senior official with the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

“We are looking forward to the inaugural ceremonies, in which the American people and the world will witness a peaceful transition of power. This will mark a new day for the American people focused on healing our nation, bringing our country together and building back better."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Inauguration Day 2021: What now? Capitol riots, Trump supporter threats prompt safety concerns

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