[Ed. – There’s no such thing anymore as the mythical news consumer who’s influenced by these moves. For Trump-haters, it confirms their bias. For Trump supporters, it’s white noise: the usual misuse of government assets to make the right look bad. Not a soul actually believes on any rational, parsable basis that it’s because the move is necessary or prudent.]
Members of the D.C. National Guard will respond when supporters of President Donald Trump protest the 2020 election results in downtown D.C. this week.
The D.C. National Guard will assist the Metropolitan Police Department with crowd management and traffic control, MPD’s acting chief, Robert Contee, said at a news conference Monday morning. The department is expecting a crowd larger than at two pro-Trump events in D.C. last year.
“Some of our intelligence certainly suggests there will be increased crowd sizes,” said Contee, adding, “There are people intent on coming to our city armed.”
A U.S. defense official said the D.C. National Guard members will not be armed or wearing body armor.