Despite former President Donald Trump’s calls for protests in Washington D.C. on March 4th, 2021, few supporters showed up in response. The day had been touted as the “true Inauguration Day” by some QAnon conspiracy theorists, who believed that Trump would be sworn in for a second term. However, Trump’s supporters appeared to be divided on whether or not to participate in the protests, with many expressing concern that it could be a “trap” set by law enforcement agencies.
The FBI had warned of potential violence on March 4th, prompting heightened security measures around the Capitol building. National Guard troops were deployed to the area, and fencing was put up around the Capitol complex. The lack of turnout from Trump’s supporters likely contributed to the peaceful nature of the day, with no significant incidents reported.
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