Nationwide pro-Trump protests FBI warned of have failed to materialize

Nationwide pro-Trump protests FBI warned of have failed to materialize
Pro-trump rally on Jan. 6 (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – We’re a a nation of dueling narratives now. One will say Trump support isn’t as widespread as suggested (or, alternatively heavy police presence deterred “extremists”). The other will say Trump supporters were never going to do anything the FBI needed to issue warnings about.]

Fears of major protests by armed, far-right Trump supporters outside the Capitol and at state capitols Sunday proved unfounded, with only small groups, some carrying weapons, gathering in a handful of cities including Austin, Texas, Phoenix, Salem, Ore., and Lansing, Mich.

With large-scale contingents of local police, state troopers and National Guard troops on patrol, the extremists remained peaceful or absent from Capitol Hill and beyond as Sunday evening approached. The FBI had warned of protests Sunday, based in part on notices circulating online urging people to gather at noon, “armed at your personal discretion.”

Authorities remain concerned that right-wing violence could still erupt before or after Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden …

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