January 6th, the U.S. Congress will count the electoral votes and announce the winner of the presidential election. On the same day, Trump supporters plan to hold a large rally in Washington.
Trump said he would be at the rally at that time. In response, the Washington, D.C. government is ready to deploy a large number of police forces, and will also dispatch the National Guard to prevent violence.
Trump said he would be at the rally.
Trump supporters plan to rally in Washington on the evening of the 5th and the 6th all day.
Their action was supported by Trump. He retweeted a call for a rally on the 3rd and wrote: “I will be there. A historic day.
Reuters reported on a person familiar with Trump’s schedule that Trump is scheduled to address supporters at the rally outside the White House on the 6th.
Trump supporters and opponents clashed in Washington.
Trump’s supporters were in solidarity with Trump when they gathered in Washington in November and December 2020.
During the November rally, he rode through the rally crowd in a car; during the December rally, he flew low over the assembly place by helicopter.
At last year’s rally, Trump supporters clashed with anti-Trump demonstrators.
Washington Police: Guns are not allowed to come to our city
At present, relevant departments of the Washington government have received three applications for rallies from Trump supporters, with an estimated total of about 15,000.
Acting Washington Police Chief Robert Conte said on the 4th: “We have received some information that some people are trying to bring guns to our city. We are not allowed to do this.” In addition to the Washington police, law enforcement forces such as congressional police and the Secret Service will also participate in maintaining order, Conti said.
He warned that gunmen or those who provoked violence would be arrested. Police have issued warnings about illegality in carrying firearms in the downtown area. Kandi appealed to the public to call the police when they see people suspected of carrying guns.
The National Guard will be present to maintain order.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser applied to the military on December 31, 2020 to deploy the National Guard during a rally of Trump supporters, quoted a U.S. military official. The Associated Press reported.
The Washington National Guard said in a statement on the 4th that it will send more than 300 National Guard members.
Leader arrested for Proud Boy, a pro-Trump group
In addition, Washington police arrested Henry Tario, the leader of the Proud Boys who supported Trump, on the 4th.
The police found that he was carrying two large-capacity magazines and charged him with illegal possession of weapons.
Prior to his arrest, Tario said on social media that there would be “record” “proud boys” members arriving in Washington, and they would “hidden their identities” and spread them in the heart of Washington as “small groups of people”.