It’s going to be a wacky week! Yesterday, the 117th Congress began. On Tuesday, the Georgia Senate runoffs take place, which will determine which party controls the US Senate. On Wednesday, the Congress will meet to count and certify each state’s electoral votes, which is expected to include a number of challenges by Republicans.
At the same time, thousands of Trump supporters are expected to travel to DC to protest the outcome of the 2020 election. Numerous permits have been issued for around Washington on Wednesday January 6th for rallies that will demand Congress overturn the results of the 2020 election. These protests are expected to include participation by the Proud Boys and other groups that have been linked with white supremacy and violence.
Given the calls for violence and encouragement from the President, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an appeal to locals from the DC area not to participate in counter protests, asking people to avoid areas where protests are scheduled to take place. So far, it is unclear how local groups that have organized counter protests to previous Trump rallies and demonstrations against systemic racism will respond (especially as videos of Proud Boys destroying the BLM memorial fence are being shared on social media).
In other news, American Resistance is now available in paperback!