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President-elect Joe Biden on Monday declared he was unafraid to take the oath of office outside as the National Guard announced it would deploy 10,000 troops to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration in the wake of the Capitol siege.
“I’m not afraid of taking the oath outside,” Biden told reporters in Delaware after receiving his second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“But I think it’s critically important that there be a real, serious focus on holding those folks who engaged in sedition, threatened people’s lives, defaced public property, caused great damage, that they be held accountable,” he said.
“I think that’s a view that’s held by the vast majority of Democrats and Republicans in the Congress.”
Five people were killed when thousands of pro-Trump supporters violently stormed Congress and interrupted a vote to confirm Biden’s Electoral College victory.
A veteran Capitol Police cop on duty during the riots also tragically died by suicide on Saturday.
On Friday, Twitter announced that it has seen increased activity on its site suggesting a second attack was being planned on the Capitol and surrounding buildings in the days before Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.
On Monday, the National Guard announced it would bolster the number of troops in the nation’s capitol to at least 10,000 in advance of Biden’s inauguration.
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