President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency and ordered federal assistance to supplement response efforts in the District of Columbia for the upcoming 59th Presidential Inauguration.
Out of concern for events that may play out in Washington, D.C. in the leadup to the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, the declaration will be in effect from January 11 to January 24.
NEW: President Trump approves state of emergency declaration in Washington D.C. for Joe Biden’s inauguration. pic.twitter.com/Nr9a2lY4Pr
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The action taken by President Trump has authorized the Department of Homeland Security and 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,” the declaration adds.
“Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Thomas J. Fargione as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area,” the declaration continues.
Curiously, conservatives have pointed out that nowhere in the declaration does it say that Joe Biden is being inaugurated, it only mentions the “59th Presidential Inauguration.”
The declaration also does not mention the type of emergency that may occur, or which faction of protestors may cause it. Speculation has begun to spread about whether there will be a repeat of something similar to the January 6 storming of the Capitol building, which was the first time Trump supporters started a violent protest in the United States, or whether the emergency could result from actions taken by left-wing agitators like Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA, who have been holding violent riots throughout the United States for months.