A series of new threats

More on the plans for next week:

Thousands of armed pro-Donald Trump extremists are plotting to surround the US Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to a member of Congress who was among those briefed late Monday on a series of new threats against lawmakers and the Capitol itself.

Then they were kind of silly to tip their hand last week. Law enforcement is awake now, so I don’t think their plotting will translate to a triumphant encirclement of the Capitol.

Two Democratic lawmakers who participated in the briefing told CNN that they were walked through several scenarios on a call Monday and officers were sober about the threats. An effort was made to emphasize how different security is right now, the members said.

“They are very strong when we are weak. That is when the mob psychology takes hold and they are emboldened, but when met with actual determined force, I think a lot of these fantasy world beliefs about what will happen when they come to Washington will melt away,” one of the members said.

I have a feeling the force will be pretty determined. They will have Officer Sicknick in mind.

Early Tuesday afternoon,¬†The Washington Post reported¬†that an FBI office in Norfolk, Virginia, issued an “explicit internal warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and ‘war.'” Although the FBI report was described as not “finally evaluated intelligence,” it is likely to raise additional questions about how law enforcement officials missed signs leading up to last week’s attack and readiness ahead of potential new threats.

We are indeed wondering about that.

There was worry before Obama’s first inauguration, you know. I remember it. There was discussion about whether or not they would do the traditional walk up Pennsylvania Avenue. I remember watching it, and feeling elated but tense. This is basically just chapter 2 of that. Trump got his start in “politics” telling racist lies about Obama. Here we are again.

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