In just over a week’s time, the Redhats will be coming back to Washington DC, in numbers not yet known, and with intentions still concealed from public view.
They were here before, the Redhats, on January 6th, 2021: A day that had many of us wondering what other unprecedented event we’d be dealing within in the new year. We had just wrapped up 2020 – a year of maddening pace, peculiarity, and peril, and now we were watching our fellow Americans storm the Capitol chanting “Hang Mike Pence”.
During the mess, a woman named Ashli Babbitt was shot, becoming somewhat of a martyr to the underground, far-right masses. Others besides Babbitt were simply arrested, albeit by the hundreds.
Now, those sympathetic to these would-be insurrectionists are planning to march on Washington next weekend, in an event that is seemingly morphing into something else entirely.
The U.S. Capitol Police is increasing security in preparation for potential violence at a Sept. 18 rally in which followers of former President Donald Trump intend to show support for people arrested after the deadly January attack on the Capitol, according to a statement and an internal memo on Wednesday.
Department Chief Tom Manger will provide a security briefing to top lawmakers on Monday about the rally, a source familiar with the meeting said. The source said U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to the briefing.
The warning comes as online chatter regarding the event turns ever more violent, particularly as many who plan on attending have begun to market the march as an event seeking justice for the aforementioned Babbitt as well, pressing a well-known nerve within the far-right political community.