On Monday the 12th of January, Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for the District of Columbia area. The emergency will be in place from 20 Jan. to the 24th.
The Whitehouse delivered a statement on the topic:
“The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia.”
“Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.”
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser sent a letter to Trump asking for the declaration, hoping to boost the capitols policing capacity over the inauguration period.
“In light of the attack on the Capitol and intelligence suggesting further violence is likely during the Inaugural period, my administration has reevaluated our preparedness posture for the Inauguration, including requesting the extension of DC National Guard support through January 24, 2021,” Bowser wrote.
This comes after the breach of Capitol that occurred on Wednesday the 6th of January by supposed Trump supporters. The Supporters were angered by lawmakers who refused to look at the evidence of voter fraud from the 2020 elections.
Many on the left have blamed Trump for the violence that occurred that, saying he incited the crowds to turn violent, a claim that is unfounded as Trump said no such thing, and tweeted that the crowd should return home and not harm police officers.
His message was unheard however as his Twitter account was suspended and then permanently banned. The Banning of the president and prominent republicans and conservatives has been a controversial move by the big tech companies, causing a significant decline in the company’s stocks.
On January the 11th, Twitter’s stock fell by 12 percent, knocking billions off of the companies value.