Observers of the chaotic scene at the US Capitol on Wednesday are asking questions about law enforcement management of the protest, after video emerged revealing that police had moved at least one fence barrier containing the protestors.
Reports had suggested that the chaotic and unruly scene at the Capitol occurred as a result of severe undermanning, with an insufficient force of Capitol Police present at the scene to effectively and peacefully manage the massive crowd of more than a thousand Stop the Steal protestors.
A contingent of the protestors present flowed into the Capitol building itself, some breaking doors and forcing their way inside. Proceedings to certify the pending slates of the electoral college were disrupted by the intrusion, with Senator and Members of Congress being evacuated.
It’s unclear if the barriers that were moved by police cordoned off a restricted area of the Capitol grounds themselves, which was intended to be inaccessible to protestors.
One woman was later shot and killed by a member of the Capitol Police after entering the building, raising even more serious questions about the handling of the event and the entrance of protestors in the Capitol.
No Traditional Farewell Ceremony for Donald Trump, Pentagon Confirms
The last time the Pentagon hadn’t held one was 40 years ago.
President Donald Trump will not receive a traditional farewell ceremony from the Pentagon, according to two officials who confirmed the news to Defense One.
Kevin Baron, Defense One’s founding executive editor, broke the story in the form of a commentary, saying that “it’s a shame, but not a surprise” and claiming that Trump “has used the military as a political prop since his first days in office.”
Although not a longstanding tradition per se, the Pentagon has held a farewell tribute for presidents leaving office going back four decades. The last time it hadn’t happened was when Jimmy Carter exited the White House and Ronald Reagan became president in 1981.
Despite not receiving a tribute from the Pentagon, Trump will ostensibly hold his own departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and then fly to Florida on Air Force One early Wednesday morning. According to an anonymous individual who spoke with ABC News, “officials are considering an elaborate send-off event reminiscent of the receptions he’s received during state visits abroad, complete with a red carpet, color guard, military band and even a 21-gun salute.”
Last Friday Trump announced on Twitter that he would not be attending the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Vice President Mike Pence will deliver remarks Saturday to military personnel at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, and then again on Sunday before 10th Mountain Division soldiers at Fort Drum, New York. He is expected to laud President Trump’s foreign policy achievements.
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