After the events of January 6th stunned the nation, the Mayor of Washington DC is growing concerned about the city’s preparedness for another such attack…or worse.
That’s because there has already been a great deal of online chatter regarding the potential for another violent uprising, this time centered around the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said her team is “extremely concerned” about security ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 in the wake of violence at the U.S. Capitol in a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
Bowser on Saturday requested the Department of Homeland Security “adjust its approach to the Inauguration,” including by extending the National Security Special Event so that it lasts from Jan. 11-24 (the current period is Jan. 19-21).
Bowser is also requesting a pre-disaster declaration under the Stafford Act for the Inauguration, and Boswer asked the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate with other departments, including the Justice Department.
Bowser wasn’t the only one with worries.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., echoed her concerns in a statement following his conversation with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Saturday.
“The threat of violent extremist groups remains high and the next few weeks are critical in our democratic process with the upcoming inauguration at the U.S. Capitol to swear in President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” Schumer said.
“Given that the same incendiary, dangerous rhetoric online that occurred before Jan. 6, which proved to be a warning of the insurrectionist attack, has only escalated since, I impressed upon Director Wray the vitalness of the FBI to work with other federal and state agencies to remain highly proactive and extremely vigilant to defend our democracy,” he continued.
The criticisms come after Capitol Police were largely underprepared for the attempted insurrection on January 6th – something that conspiracy theorists have begun to believe was perhaps intentional.