On January 20th, Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, despite the weeks-long insistence of Donald Trump and his supporters that the election was “stolen” from them.
In fact, a vast number of Trump supporters had become so convinced of this that they stormed the Capitol on January 6th in an effort to, at the very least, delay the certification of the electoral college’s results. That insurrection failed, with Congress burning the midnight oil to complete the task once the building was cleared.
Now, in what could be construed as a a defiant decision, Biden has announced that he will not shy away from using the Capitol building during his inauguration.
Joe Biden still plans to be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, exactly two weeks after a pro-Trump mob with rioters wielding Confederate flags stormed the building to attack the very nation Biden was elected to lead.
That moment shrouded in symbolism will launch a 59th presidential inauguration set to take place under extraordinary circumstances. The event was already scaled down and subdued by the coronavirus pandemic. And now, the Biden administration has the added weight of showing strength and stability to the rest of the world, which watched in horror as American democracy wavered from the exact place where he is to take the oath of office.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has been publicly pleading with law enforcement officials in recent days, hoping to drum up some assistance for the dates surrounding the inauguration.
The FBI has already indicated the presence of online chatter pointing to the possibility of another violent incident in response to Biden’s ascension.