National Guard Presence In D.C. Raised To 10,000 Ahead Of Inauguration

Ten thousand National Guardsmen will be deployed in Washington, D.C., by this weekend. The decision comes after threats of violence posted on social media by those who believe the election was “stolen.” Gen. Daniel Hokanson said the number of guardsmen will increase from 6,200 to 10,000. And he said there could be as many as 15,000.

Guard officials tell Newsy National Guard members from six states could be armed with long rifles and sidearms, but the Pentagon would not confirm that. Their orders have been extended past the date of the inauguration, lasting until February or longer. And with possible protests in all 50 states, Guard members are monitoring protests planned across the country.

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