Other than the occasional headline coming form a courtroom defense diatribe, the right-wing extremists of America have been fairly quiet these past few weeks.
It’s been only 5o days since a mob of would-be insurrectionists invaded the US Capitol during the certification of the electoral college results, chanting “Hang Mike Pence” and violently attacking Capitol Police.
And while we’ve all taken a collective breath over these past seven weeks, this could unfortunately just be the calm between the storms.
The Capitol Police remain on high alert about possible violence directed toward Congress even after the Jan. 6 riot, with acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman saying there is chatter about trouble around the State of the Union address.
“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible, with a direct nexus to the State of the Union ― which we know that date has not been identified,” Pittman revealed in testimony to a House Appropriations subcommittee Thursday.
“So based on that information,” she added, “we think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward.”
Many have wondered why the National Guard has remained so vigil and present in Washington DC over the past few weeks, and it appears as though we may now have our answer.
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