The world was shocked when on January 6—the day Congress was supposed to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win—Trump supporting extremists stormed the United States Capitol building. It was the first time since the War of 1812 that the building's perimeter was breached and the first time it was breached by a homegrown insurrection.
Many hoped the Capitol riot was the end—a last gasp of the Trump era. However, many analysts feared it was in fact, more like the beginning.
Unfortunately, it seems likely they are right. The FBI briefed members of Congress there are armed protests in the planning stages in all 50 state capital cities leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
In Washington DC the Capitol is the meeting place of the legislature. At the state level, some legislatures meet in other buildings while the Capitol building refers to the office of the governor.
Insurrectionists at state level could target the state legislature as they did in Washington DC, blaming them for Trump's loss. Or they could attack the Capitol building symbolic of the state whether it houses the legislature or not. Or armed protests could be staged in the cities without specific predetermined targets.
Many thought this crisis required far more urgency than it was being given.
@CNN Trump’s supporters are waging active war against the United States. History will view Jan. 6 as this war’s Fort Sumter.— Jon Hyman 💉🧲😷 (@Jon Hyman 💉🧲😷) 1610403096.0
@jonhyman @CNN Why is Trump so desperate to stick to power? He is inciting his supporters to create a civil war typ… https://t.co/PvV3siEXBQ— Samanta Kr. Majumder (@Samanta Kr. Majumder) 1610417633.0
@CNN When are people going to realize that the greatest threat to America is right wing extremism? They are in the… https://t.co/1t02bfUAXG— X-Seattle (@X-Seattle) 1610403521.0
Many feared the days ahead.
This FBI warning is very disturbing, An internal FBI bulletin obtained by @CNN says: "Armed protests are being plan… https://t.co/U2xKLkDZxt— Wolf Blitzer (@Wolf Blitzer) 1610400551.0
@wolfblitzer @CNN @CNNSitRoom @ericozkan1 ...this is what a lot of us are worried about...I’m not convinced that th… https://t.co/FsNY5SXTuO— Jimmy (@Jimmy) 1610403477.0
@wolfblitzer @CNN @CNNSitRoom Sounds to me like further insurrection and violence is going to happen whether DT is… https://t.co/xbKczGxuHA— Jay Curatolo (@Jay Curatolo) 1610400887.0
And some felt the inauguration must be done in a secure location to protect the safety of those involved.
@ReportsDaNews CANCEL THE INAUGURATION. To do so, open to the public, is just as irresponsible as Trump and his ar… https://t.co/jOXq4P6rIr— Mary’s Spare Tire 😉 (@Mary’s Spare Tire 😉) 1610406590.0
@ReportsDaNews Inauguration from undisclosed location please. Safety first.— Ala Dem Mom (@Ala Dem Mom) 1610406939.0
@ReportsDaNews @Bzyb80 The inauguration has to be held in an undisclosed inside location and live streamed for their safety..— Carla Norris (@Carla Norris) 1610407847.0
The safety measures that will be put in place for President-elect Biden's inauguration remain to be seen. What also remains to be seen is how the incoming administration will deal with the radicalization of many Trump supporters after four years of conspiracy theories and lies from the Oval Office.