The Mayor of Washington DC is nervous, and you can’t blame her; Muriel Bowser’s city was rocked less than a week ago by a violent insurrection that left several people dead, including a member of the Capitol Police.
The violence came as Congress was working to certify the results of the electoral college – something that President Trump hoped would be stopped by VP Mike Pence. When Pence indicated that he would not intervene in the certification process, the MAGA-supporting crowd that had gathered in DC decided to intervene themselves.
Now, as Biden prepares to be inaugurated on January 20th, Bowser is sounding the alarm on the potential for further violence.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said her team is “extremely concerned” about security ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 in the wake of violence at the U.S. Capitol in a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
Bowser on Saturday requested the Department of Homeland Security “adjust its approach to the Inauguration,” including by extending the National Security Special Event so that it lasts from Jan. 11-24 (the current period is Jan. 19-21).
Bowser is also requesting a pre-disaster declaration under the Stafford Act for the Inauguration, and Boswer asked the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate with other departments, including the Justice Department.
Capitol Police were not prepared for the crowds that stormed the building on Wednesday, which has led to several resignations and terminations within the law enforcement hierarchy in DC.