[Ed. – ‘We will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate our residents or cause destruction in our city,’ Mayor Muriel Bowser said. On the other hand, if the protesters had been anti-Trump, she would have named a street in D.C. after them.]
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. Congress is meeting this week to certify the Electoral College results, and Trump has refused to concede while whipping up support for protests.