DHS Expects About 700 People at ‘Justice for J6’ Rally Saturday
A pro-Trump rally is expected to draw 700 people to DC on Saturday, DHS officials say, seeking justice for those charged in the January 6 riot.
An “Area Closed” sign blocks the stairway to the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on September 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas told reporters that temporary fencing around the Capitol would go up ahead of the “Justice for J6” rally.
About 700 people are expected to attend the pro-Trump “Justice for J6” rally, a Department of Homeland Security official estimated ahead of the rally scheduled for Saturday, according to NBC News.
Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence Enterprise Readiness Melissa Smislova said during the Homeland Security Enterprise Forum Tuesday that DHS has taken steps to ensure that law enforcement is better prepared for the “Justice for J6” rally than they were before Jan. 6, when “tens of thousands” of pro-Trump protestors stormed the capitol to protest Trump’s election loss resulting in several deaths and many injuries.
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The September 18 rally was planned by Look Ahead America, an organization founded by Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign staffer.
Although a much smaller group is expected this weekend, U.S. Capitol Police confirmed Monday that it will erect a temporary fence around the Capitol in the days leading up to the rally.
“I urge anyone who is thinking about causing trouble to stay home,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said in a statement Monday. “We will enforce the law and not tolerate violence.”