President Trump has enacted a state of emergency in Washington, D.C. as a means of protecting the upcoming Biden-Harris Inauguration. Trump’s approval of the state of emergency will help provide assistance to local officials after multiple claims that violent protests are being planned in the Capitol and across the country.
The Daily Wire reports:
The FBI says far-right extremists are asking Trump supporters to “storm” the Capitol and stage “armed protests” in all 50 state capitols, ABC News reports, citing a bulletin.
“‘The FBI received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, DC on 16 January,’ the bulletin read. ‘They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur,’” ABC reported.
Trump’s emergency order authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance for emergency actions. “Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” according to the declaration released by the White House Monday evening. “Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.”
Social media has been abuzz with claims that more unrest is planned. “On Monday night, the new chiefs of Capitol Police told House Democrats they were looking into three separate plans, including one described as ‘the largest armed protest ever to take place on American soil,’” The Daily Mail reported.
The state of emergency went into effect immediately and will remain in place until Jan. 24.