D.C. Bracing for Protests, Unrest
When Congress Counts the Votes
1/4/2021 1:00 AM PT
It’s hard to keep track of how many times Joe Biden‘s been confirmed as the next U.S. President, but there are still some formalities left to make it official … and D.C. officials are concerned the next one could lead to more civil unrest.
Congress is set to convene January 6 to officially count the electoral votes and certify the winner of the election … which ended with 306 votes for Biden and 232 for Trump.
TMZ’s learned the nation’s capital is preparing for the large scheduled protest by Trump supporters — starting January 5 — and ending on the 7th.
Obviously, officials are worried the protests could get out of hand, lead to violent clashes with counter-protesters … so police are being asked to step up in advance.
Trump has tweeted several times, promoting the main protest — scheduled for January 6 — and even teasing an appearance at the event.
Our law enforcement sources tell us … D.C. cops will not be allowed to take days off from Jan. 5-7, and they’re implementing a plan to have a heavy police presence in the area — both uniformed and in street clothes.
On the political side … Senator Ted Cruz is among 12 Republican Senators who have announced they’ll challenge Biden’s win on January 6.
Our sources say the D.C. officials are hopeful things won’t get violent … but they’ll be prepared if they do. And, as we told you … same goes for preparing for Inauguration Day.