Congressional lawmakers face potential violence at a “Justice for J6” rally at the US Capitol on Saturday. Donald Trump Supporters who protested by storming the building on 6 January Joe BidenCertification as President.
Dick Durbin, the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, told reporters he was “very concerned” about a repeat of the January 6-style violence.
“Given the violent tendencies of right-wing extremists who are planning to participate, it is clear that this rally is a threat to the Capitol, who work here, and accused law enforcement officials of protecting our democracy. Reps Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Rosa Delaro (D-Conn.), who oversee US Capitol Police, said in a statement.
Capitol police on Monday arrested a man from California near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, not far from the Capitol. Police said his vehicle had several long knives with a swastika and other white supremacist symbols on it. Last month, authorities arrested a man who claimed to have a bomb near the Capitol.
It seems law enforcement officials are taking this week’s planned rally more seriously than the Trump rally on January 6 near the White House, which resulted in violence on Capitol Hill that left five dead and 140 people dead. More than one police officer was injured. .
The fence around the Capitol that stood for months after January 6 is set to come back before Saturday’s event. The rally will be held at Union Square Plaza on the Capitol’s West Lawn – a good walk from the building itself.
“They seemed very, very well prepared,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) said Monday after attending a briefing with Capitol police leaders and other top Congressional officials.
The “Justice for J6” rally is being organized by former Trump campaign staffer Matt Brainard. The incident has been billed as supporting those arrested in the riot and demanding “justice” for Ashley Babitt, who was shot by a police officer as she and other Trump supporters forced their way to the floor. had tried to do. The House of Representatives, where members of Congress were taking refuge.
Trump and his supporters have tried to make Babitt a martyr, demanding to know the identity of the officer who shot him. Rep. Madison Cawthorne (RN.C.) liar last month Specified Babbitt and those accused of attacking the Capitol on January 6 as “political hostages” and “political prisoners”. Hawthorn too Predicted That more “bloodshed” would follow another “stolen” presidential election, comments that were widely criticized for encouraging future violence.
It is not clear whether any Republican lawmakers will attend Saturday’s rally. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who along with other Republican lawmakers objected to Biden’s election victory, told reporters Monday that he did not believe any member of his convention would. The House is currently on recess and is not scheduled to return until next week.
Asked about it on Monday, GOP senators showed no interest in discussing the subject.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who raised his fist to gather Trump’s crowd outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 and led the Senate’s effort for Biden’s victory, said he would look forward to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. were more focused.
“The country is in a big trouble. This president has failed desperately and he has failed shamefully,” Hawley said, demanding Biden’s resignation. “Everything else is a distraction.”
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) said she expected Saturday’s rally to be peaceful.
“Whenever a crowd gathers there is always a possibility of something going wrong, but I certainly hope they protest peacefully. That’s what we are known for,” Capito said.