Washington D.C.’s mayor is reportedly mobilizing the National Guard prior to planned protests by Donald Trump supporters to contest the congressional vote to affirm Joe Biden’s presidential victory, expected to happen on Wednesday (January 6).
The current president’s supporters are planning rallies for Tuesday and Wednesday in support of Trump’s unproven claims there was widespread voter fraud during the November election. According to the Associated Press, D.C. Acting Police Chief Robert Contee said Monday that he believes that the demonstrators are “people intent on coming to our city armed.”
In December, a pro-Trump rally ended in violence as hundreds of Trump supporters wearing Proud Boys gear looked for confrontations with local activists who were attempting to bar them from Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House.
On Monday, Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio after he arrived in Washington ahead of this week’s protests. Tarrio has been accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner torn off a historic Black church in downtown Washington during last month’s protests.
A police spokesperson also says Tarrio faces weapons charges after officers found him with two high-capacity firearm magazines during his arrest.
Even Though Joe Biden has received enough electoral votes to comfortably cross the 270 threshold required to become president-elect, President Trump has refused to concede the election. He’s launched a series of lawsuits with allegations of widespread fraud in several states, but has failed to provide any evidence. While a few Republicans have acknowledged President-elect Biden’s win, most have stayed silent or are actively encouraging Mr. Trump's claims of voter fraud. The certification of votes by the states Trump claims fraud occurred has since happened.