While President Biden was polishing his notes and his audience prepared for cheers and jeers, Capitol Police and other officials have spent the last week preparing the Capitol for potential protests against the President. Over the last week various outlets have reported the plan for a mass protest of truckers – the “People’s Convoy” – to potentially arrive in Washington D.C. over the next few days. Most recent reports suggest that the protest may have petered out, but I’ll be curious if they’re able to mount any kind of resistance and blockage like the convoy that congested Ottawa for some three weeks – an historic protest that pushed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to invoke emergency powers.
As the New York Times reports, fortifications and preparations for this potential protest have returned the Capitol and its surroundings to a level not seen since after protesters stormed the building on January 6th, 2021. Speaking of that historical event: just yesterday the first trial opened in D.C.