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National guard on 24-hour watch at Capitol Hill in anticipation of an attack from MAGA rioters

The armed forces have surrounded Capitol Hill anticipating a planned attack from MAGA extremists ahead of Biden's inauguration.

National guard on 24-hour watch at Capitol Hill in anticipation of an attack from MAGA rioters
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard rest in the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

It's been a week since a Trump-incited mob stormed Capitol Hill, causing the deaths of 5 people including a police officer. The MAGA rioters aimed to stop members of Congress to stop certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election. Following the violent insurrection, the national guard has been camping at Capitol Hill to ensure the heart of America's democracy is secured ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration. Capitol Police and the authorities came in for heavy criticism at the ease at which rioters made their way into Capitol Hill. The national guard is taking no risks as they provide 24x7 cover to protect members of Congress. Armed members of the national guard can be seen at every turn on Capitol grounds and are packed like sardines inside the hallways. 

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Members of the U.S. National Guard arrive at the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Pentagon is deploying as many as 15,000 National Guard troops to protect President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, amid fears of new violence. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

 

Various members of Congress have posted pictures of armed guards catching sleep while lying on the floors of the hallways. “The attack on the Capitol was a violent insurrection that resulted in the spilling of American blood,” said U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York. “And that’s why extraordinary security measures have been taken, reported Reuters.“Officers were brutally beaten. The attackers wanted to assassinate Nancy Pelosi, hang Mike Pence, and hunt down sitting members of Congress. That’s insurrection. That’s sedition. That’s lawlessness. That’s terror,” said Jeffries before adding, "The Capitol has responded in an appropriate way to meet the nature of the severe security threat that is being posed by domestic terrorists and white supremacists,” said Jeffries. The images of armed guards on Capitol Hill reflects an America that's still reeling from the insurrection. Intelligence briefings have revealed many terror plots including armed pro-Donald Trump extremists surrounding the US Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, reported CNN.

Here are 24 pictures that capture the tense situation on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard rest in the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) (R) greets members of the National Guard in the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Members of the National Guard gather outside the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Today the House of Representatives plans to vote on Rep. Jamie Raskin's (D-MD) resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, removing President Trump from office. On Wednesday, House Democrats plan on voting on articles of impeachment. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard rest in the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) (C) gives members of the National Guard a tour of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump later today, after Vice President Mike Pence declined to use the 25th amendment to remove him from office after protestors breached the U.S. Capitol last week. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard sleep in the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Members of the National Guard walk through the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on January 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. Cleanup efforts have been underway since late Wednesday night, after a mob of President Donald Trumps supporters breached the Capitol to disrupt the counting of electoral college votes. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard rest in the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Weapons are distributed to members of the National Guard outside the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Members of the National Guard gather outside the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Today the House of Representatives plans to vote on Rep. Jamie Raskin's (D-MD) resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, removing President Trump from office. On Wednesday, House Democrats plan on voting on articles of impeachment. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Members of the National Guard gather outside the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Today the House of Representatives plans to vote on Rep. Jamie Raskin's (D-MD) resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, removing President Trump from office. On Wednesday, House Democrats plan on voting on articles of impeachment. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard rest in the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: U.S. Capitol Police stand guard at the entrance to the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Pentagon is deploying as many as 15,000 National Guard troops to protect President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, amid fears of new violence. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: A member of the National Guard moves supplies outside the U.S. Capitol on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential Inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard assist people at Manhattan’s Javits Center which recently opened as a COVID vaccination site on January 13, 2021 in New York City. The Javits, which had previously functioned as a field hospital last spring when New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, will now serve as a massive vaccine distribution center. Appointments will be required and only first responders, the elderly and select groups are eligible at this time. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the US National Guard from Delaware tour the rotunda during there down time at the US Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Pentagon is deploying as many as 15,000 National Guard troops to protect Biden's inauguration on January 20, amid fears of new violence. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: A member of the National Guard sits in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard assist people at Manhattan’s Javits Center which recently opened as a COVID vaccination site on January 13, 2021 in New York City. The Javits, which had previously functioned as a field hospital last spring when New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, will now serve as a massive vaccine distribution center. Appointments will be required and only first responders, the elderly and select groups are eligible at this time. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: A member of the National Guard sleeps in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the US National Guard from Delaware tour the rotunda during there down time at the US Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Pentagon is deploying as many as 15,000 National Guard troops to protect Biden's inauguration on January 20, amid fears of new violence. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

 

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard assist people at Manhattan’s Javits Center which recently opened as a COVID vaccination site on January 13, 2021 in New York City. The Javits, which had previously functioned as a field hospital last spring when New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, will now serve as a massive vaccine distribution center. Appointments will be required and only first responders, the elderly and select groups are eligible at this time. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: Members of the National Guard gather in the cafeteria of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: A member of the National Guard wears a protective vest reading Military Police in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

 

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: Members of the National Guard stand watch along the 7-foot tall 'non-scalable' fence that surrounds the U.S. Capitol the day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Thousands of National Guard troops have been activated to protect the nation's capital against threats surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration and to prevent a repeat of last week’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 


 

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