House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) confirmed in a recent committee hearing that Trump supporters have been observed discussing the possibility of storming the U.S. Capitol on March 4, which would mark the second attack on the building by the ex-president’s backers.
As Smith explained, those responsible for the talk of a potential assault on the Capitol believe that on March 4, Trump will be inaugurated for a new term. The date of presidential inaugurations was changed to January 20 in 1933, but those who believe that Trump will be inaugurated again think that all presidential inaugurations since that time have been illegitimate because of a supposed secretly passed law that transformed the United States into a corporation in 1871. These are not remotely accurate interpretations of reality.
During a Wednesday hearing, Smith commented as follows:
‘Some of these people have figured out that apparently 75 years ago, the President used to be inaugurated on March 4. Okay, now why that’s relevant, God knows; at any rate, now they are thinking maybe we should gather again and storm the Capitol on March 4… that is circulating online. Stuff like that circulates all the time — does it mean it’s going to happen, probably not, but if you want to help, tell them not to do that, tell them that the election is over. Joe Biden won. It was a free and fair election, and let’s get to work — that too would help reduce the — well, I don’t know, fear/paranoia that people feel that requires everything that we’re seeing around here.’
Thousands of National Guard troops will be remaining in D.C. past March 4 amidst concerns about the ongoing potential for violent outbursts from Trump’s dangerous supporters. As these concerns circulate, some Republicans have continued to refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s election as the president of the United States.
Just this week, Trump himself insisted in a Fox News interview, which was his first interview in weeks, that he was the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election. At this point, the imaginary fraud that Trump alleges took place would have required the cooperation of untold thousands of people across virtually all meaningful levels of government, because the entire presidential transition process has long since taken place. Fox freely aired this garbage from the delusional former president.
As the very real threat from this rhetoric continues to bear down on D.C., Pentagon official Robert Salesses told legislators that his team works “very closely with the FBI, Secret Service, and others and the Capitol Police to try to determine what they believe that threat is” and responds accordingly. A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson told CNN on Monday that there is “no specific, credible threat to the homeland at this time,” but nevertheless, the “most significant terrorism-related threat currently facing the nation comes from lone offenders and small groups of individuals inspired by domestic extremist ideological beliefs, including those based on false narratives spread over social media and other online platforms,” they said.