Inauguration Day has come and gone, and it looks like the expected protesters got their hands on some invisibility cloaks.
The US Capitol in Washington, DC, and state capitols across the country were under tight security as Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was officially sworn-in as the 46th President of The United States on Wednesday. Following a Trump-incited mob's attack on the Capitol building two weeks ago, the FBI warned of armed protests being planned at all 50 state capitols and the Capitol in the days leading up to and including inauguration after it received information about a group calling for "storming" state, local, and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings. Well, Inauguration Day has come and gone, and it looks like MAGA-supporters got their hands on some invisibility cloaks.
Because how else would you explain these 20 pictures?
Mark Leggiero is the one lone Trump supporter out in front of the NYS Capitol. He says he expected a few thousand ppl here and is disappointed. He said he drove 45 minutes for a peaceful protest pic.twitter.com/hDtCLYFpLq— Morgan Mckay (@morganfmckay) January 20, 2021
According to CNN, Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemingly regretted his decision to not attend the inauguration and remain in Albany in case of unrest. "There was reportedly one protester," Cuomo told reporters. "I just took a look outside, I couldn't find the protester. I could have gone to the inaugural, in retrospect."
INAGURATION DAY: So far, a quiet morning at the Montana State Capitol. pic.twitter.com/KXsy7DdB2w— KFBB (@KFBB) January 20, 2021
As of now, there’s just one protestor at the capitol...a man with a Trump hat who doesn’t like Governor Beshear or President-Elect Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/MCbdh1F5mq— Phil Pendleton (@philtvnews) January 20, 2021
The Trump supporters are now having a picnic. One guy is milling about reading 1984. Some have put up Confederate flags here in Arizona, the 48th state admitted to the Union. pic.twitter.com/8HODm1rzLy— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) January 20, 2021
Added security around State Capitol today including sharpshooter on adjacent building, state troopers and added officers. But no sign of any protesters. pic.twitter.com/DoaMHyGCjq— Courtney Ann Jackson (@courtneyannj) January 20, 2021
As Joe Biden is sworn in as president, one man is outside the NC State Capitol Building with an orange, green and white confederate flag wearing a hard helmet and a gas mask. He believes the confederacy was misunderstood and he does not condone slavery. @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/0ByNSTyxjD— Jason Huber (@_JasonHuber) January 20, 2021
The grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh are quiet and blanketed by law enforcement who stand prepared for any Inauguration Day disruptions.— Brian Gordon (@BrianSamuel92) January 20, 2021
Have only seen two protestors in the area, older gentleman standing on sidewalk wearing Trump and USA shirts. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/vZ2FQiWDZe
Beautiful (cold) day at the Wisconsin State Capitol. There are about six protesters here total - far outnumbered by journalists and law enforcement officers. pic.twitter.com/3by2lz4xif— Savanna Tomei (@SavannaTomei) January 20, 2021
“If he’s gonna unite this country and do a good job, I’m going to stand behind him because he is our president,” said Webb, a stay-at-home mom from Calhoun.— Shaddi Abusaid (@ShaddiAbusaid) January 20, 2021
While the expected Trump mob failed to materialize, after the fiasco earlier this month, the FBI wasn't taking any chances. The national guard has been camping at Capitol Hill since the riot after authorities came in for heavy criticism at the ease at which rioters made their way into the building. The security efforts even extended to vetting National Guard members arriving in Washington for the inauguration to rule out the possibility of an "insider threat." Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said Monday that while they have had "no intelligence indicating an insider threat, we are leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital."
While some GOP House members complain about having to walk through metal detectors, National Guard troops spent night sleeping on marble floors of the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/7odvIkoBOQ— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) January 13, 2021
Meanwhile, President Biden, in his address to the nation after being inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, said, "Without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness, and fury, No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge. And unity is the path forward." He also acknowledged the massive loss of lives and jobs as a result of the pandemic and noted his commitment to racial justice and the upliftment of the working class while promising to be a "president to all Americans."