According to some in law enforcement, the chaos of January 6th may have only been the beginning.
It was on Wednesday that a group of Trump supporters overwhelmed law enforcement officers in Washington DC and stormed the US Capitol. This was the first time that the Capitol itself had been breached in over 200 years, with the British army having last accomplished the dastardly feat back in 1814.
Now, authorities are preparing for the worst, believing that the raiders could return to the Capitol for more on January 20th.
On social media, there has been chatter about making the next target the inauguration. A white supremacist Telegram channel posted a reminder that Inauguration Day is January 20: “That is the next date on the calendar that the Pro-Trump and other nationalist crowds will potentially converge on the Capitol again.”
D.C. police on Thursdayof some of the rioters they are seeking to charge with the violence at the Capitol, which included breaking windows, destroying congressional offices and fighting police inside and outside the building. They had, what appeared to be, free rein of the Capitol — even Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, where one protester left a message that said, “We will not back down.”
To avoid a repeat of the chaos and destruction, Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy said the Capitol will be fortified by fencing. There are now thousands of National Guard troops deploying into D.C. to help secure the city.
Capitol Police are being heavily criticized for their lack of preparation and inability to secure the grounds of the Capitol against the largely unarmed crowd.