All eyes will be on Washington DC in the coming days, as the threat of another attack on the US Capitol continues to swirl online.
Federal law enforcement authorities are concerned about social media chatter suggesting that pro-Trump crowds could again attempt to overtake the Capitol or another government property sometimes between the 17th and the 20th of January, which would coincide with Biden’s inauguration itself.
Despite this, Biden has chosen to continue with his plans to take the oath of office on the steps of the recently besieged Capitol itself.
Joe Biden still plans to be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, exactly two weeks after a pro-Trump mob with rioters wielding Confederate flags stormed the building to attack the very nation Biden was elected to lead.
That moment shrouded in symbolism will launch a 59th presidential inauguration set to take place under extraordinary circumstances. The event was already scaled down and subdued by the coronavirus pandemic. And now, the Biden administration has the added weight of showing strength and stability to the rest of the world, which watched in horror as American democracy wavered from the exact place where he is to take the oath of office.
President Trump has stated that he does not plan to be in attendance for the event – something that Biden quipped was one of the few things that the two men agree on.
Trump has repeatedly suggested his belief that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him.