By New York Post. Armed demonstrators assembled outside the capitols of several states on Sunday, as all 50 states and Washington, DC braced for possible violence ahead of Inauguration Day — but the events were muted and devoid of violence.
In Columbus, Ohio, about 50 supporters of President Trump — some bearing assault rifles and other firearms — escorted a “Liberty or Death” flag to the statehouse around 11 a.m., according to USA Today. . .
About 200 miles away in Lansing, Michigan, a handful of gun-toting demonstrators affiliated with various right-wing and anarchist militias rallied outside the statehouse, according to The Detroit Free Press. . .
At the Texas Capitol in Austin, around 100 protesters showed up. One, carrying an AR-15 rifle, condemned those who stormed the US Capitol in DC.
“All we came down here to do today was to discuss, gather, network and hang out. And it got blown and twisted completely out of proportion,” said Ben Hawk. (Read more from “Armed Demonstrations Unfold in Statehouses Ahead of Inauguration Day” HERE)
FBI Vetting National Guard Troops in DC Over Insider Attack Concerns
By New York Post. The FBI is vetting every National Guard member stationed in the nation’s capital for Inauguration Day after concerns of a possible attack from within the ranks.
The vetting process, spurned by worries from defense officials, was confirmed by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy in an interview with The Associated Press.
”We’re continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation,” McCarthy said. (Read more from “FBI Vetting National Guard Troops in DC Over Insider Attack Concerns” HERE)
Small Group of Armed Protesters Gathers at Oregon Capitol
By Oregon Live. A handful of armed demonstrators gathered outside the Oregon Capitol on Sunday morning, part of a nationally publicized day of statehouse protests that mostly failed to materialize.
Some of the roughly 15 demonstrators carried long guns and wore body armor and helmets. But even as some counter-protesters appeared, there was no confrontation, with some in both camps conversing.
Several wore Hawaiian shirts, a symbol of the antigovernment “boogaloo” movement, whose adherents anticipate — or in some cases plan to incite — a second civil war. One Hawaiian-shirted man, who called himself AJ and carried a gun, told a reporter he no longer claims association with that movement, adding, “I just stand with liberty for all.” (Read more from “Small Group of Armed Protesters Gathers at Oregon Capitol” HERE)
Armed Protesters Begin To Gather at Michigan State Capitol
By New York Post. A handful of armed protesters affiliated with right-wing militias gathered outside the Michigan statehouse in Lansing on Sunday, according to reports.
About 20 protesters, including members of the anti-government boogaloo movement, began to gather outside the state capitol shortly after noon –, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The planned demonstration to protest President Trump’s re-election loss comes amid heavily heightened security in Lansing in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege of the US Capitol. (Read more from “Armed Protesters Begin To Gather at Michigan State Capitol” HERE)