Due to an alleged “plot to seize the (Capitol) complex on or around March 4,” the House of Representatives has cancelled all planned votes for Thursday, and Democrats are sending lawmakers home early.
In addition to the thousands of National Guard troops currently deployed there, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) have strengthened security throughout the complex.
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In a statement, the USCP said, “We have obtained intelligence that indicates a potential plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4.”
The ‘plot’ revolves around a bizarre Qanon conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump will reclaim power on March 4th and be re-inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
The group has reportedly called it “absolute Inauguration Day.”
House hustles to get members out of DC ahead of potential security threat tomorrow. https://t.co/GA3uJPXyRI
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) March 3, 2021
While several lawmakers and aides are “skeptical that the groups could cause real harm,” Politico notes that some members are still “shaken” by the abuse they experienced on January 6th.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), for example, shared an elaborate tale about hiding in her office bathroom in the Cannon House Office Building on the day of the riot to avoid being attacked by protesters outside the Capitol.
“I felt I was going to die,” she cried as she recalled the events of her life. “In my whole life, I have never been quieter.”
.@AOC describes a Capitol Police officer bursting into her office, says his presence “didn’t feel right” and that he was looking at her “in all of this anger and hostility.” Her staffer reportedly wondered if he would have to fight the officer. pic.twitter.com/LCj2JmmFP6
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) February 2, 2021
Fleeing the city in the face of a rumored Qanon plot seems a little excessive.
Much like the 25,000 National Guard troops stationed outside of Vice President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Fortifying the grounds with razor wire fencing is a good example. Set up checkpoints staffed by National Guard forces, for example.
But that’s just my point of view.
News–> On chatter about another possible attack on the Capitol tomorrow — moments ago on @TheLeadCNN @RepMcCaul told @jaketapper "President Trump has a responsibility to tell them to stand down. This threat is credible. It's real. It's a right-wing militia group"
— Kristin Donnelly (@kristindonnelly) March 3, 2021
Former First Lady Michelle Obama expressed the Democrats’ anxiety on inauguration day during an appearance on “Good Morning America” earlier this week.
“I think everybody was worried about further riots,” Obama said, “but we were told that all was under control.” “It bothers you when you see fellow Americans storming the Capitol. On that stage, that reality was with us.”
‘Sure, Jan,’ as Marsha from the Brady Bunch would suggest.
Despite the fact that there was “no intelligence suggesting an insider danger” to Biden’s inaugural speech, National Guard troops were vetted for “extremist” views in the days leading up to it.
Since January 6th, there has been no continuing abuse. There was no mishap.
To say the least, some people on social media are suspicious of the alleged “plot” that caused House Democrats to leave the Capitol.
Great excuse to get outta work, gotta remember that one pic.twitter.com/Vx0ACOudn9
— lazy river (@newplasticbags) March 3, 2021
— Cgs (@Cgshall) March 3, 2021
Ok, so why have the national guard there for weeks now If the politicians are just going to hide?
— their soul is hidden from you (@FreeTreeBark100) March 4, 2021
Nonetheless, Republican Representative Michael McCaul appeared on CNN and told host Jake Tapper that it is Trump’s duty to tell the alleged plotters to back off.
“It is President Trump’s duty to order them to leave. This threat is legitimate. It’s true. “It’s a right-wing militia,” he said.
Members of the Senate, oddly enough, aren’t following the House out of town, according to the Daily Mail, who are “scheduled to be in session and expected to have a vote-a-rama.”
“We haven’t seen anything to say that there’s any physical, real-world mobilization behind the chatter,” Jared Holt, a visiting research fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab, told The Hill.