Nation’s Capital Girds For “Justice For J6” Gathering
Officials in Washington, D.C., late Wednesday night began reinstalling security fencing around the U.S. Capitol complex in advance of Saturday’s “Justice for J6” gathering, an event organized by a former Trump campaign staffer in support of people who have been arrested for crimes they allegedly committed during the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot.
The U.S. Supreme Court also will have the temporary security fencing set up around its perimeter. Vehicular traffic in the area will be restricted to members of Congress and their staffers from Thursday night through Sunday, when it’s anticipated the barriers will be removed.
In addition, the U.S. Capitol Police department, which has canceled time off for all of its officers through the weekend, has requested the city’s National Guard force be called up on standby in case reinforcements are needed. Police departments in neighboring Maryland and Virginia suburbs also have been alerted to respond if necessary.
The organizer of the event is Matt Braynard, who worked on twice-impeached, one-term former president Donald Trump’s campaign. He has put out video messages in which he insists the rally will be peaceful and asks attendees not to wear or display any gear with Trump’s name on it.
It’s unknown how many people are planning to descend on the nation’s capital for the event, which is set to feature a number of pro-Trump speakers. One of them is scheduled to be Joe Kent, who is running to unseat Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state, who was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the January riot.
No sitting member of Congress has committed to appear, even those such as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar and Louie Gohmert who have referred to the jailed insurrectionists as “political prisoners.”