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D.C. activates National Guard ahead of Biden’s inauguration

Nearly 6,200 guardsmen will be stationed in the nation’s capital to provide extra security to D.C. police.

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Thousands of National Guard troops are being mobilized to provide extra security to D.C. law enforcement following the riots at the U.S. Capitol.

According to CNN, nearly 6,200 guardsmen from Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and D.C. will be stationed in the nation’s capital for the next month, ensuring they are available for Joe Biden’s inauguration. A “non-scalable fence” will also be built around the Capitol for additional protection.

“These personnel and these security measures will be in place for no less than the next 30 days, and we will be keeping all of these support mechanisms in place in constant coordination with the Capitol Hill police and the mayor’s office,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said.

The mobilization comes after pro-Trump rioters raided and ran amuck in the U.S. Capitol, breaking windows and doors throughout the building. As videos of the riot made its way around social media, many noticed National Guard members — who are often called to survey Black demonstrations — hadn’t appeared in most of the footage.

Cardi tweeted, “Where the National Guards? The irony is pretty funny.........Weren’t people just wild animals in the summer for demanding justice and now?......Let me just watch.”

Comedian Leslie Jones also noted the absence of guardsmen in the riots. “These people are attacking government property, and they’re not doing anything,” she said in a video posted on her Twitter account. “Where’s the National Guard?…Where’s the tear gas and the rubber bullets…? Where is that?”

Mayor Muriel Bowser and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi later deployed the D.C. National Guard to Capitol Hill to help police gain control, according to NBC News.

Following the anarchy, Congress went on to continue the vote tabulation and confirmed Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Donald Trump subsequently promised “there will be an orderly transition” on the president-elect’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

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