DC Mayor Bans Guns Ahead Of Trump Rally, Warns Residents Not To Interact With Attendees

DC Mayor Bans Guns Ahead Of Trump Rally, Warns Residents Not To Interact With Attendees

Washington, D. C., Mayor Muriel Bowser made it clear, Tuesday, that the city will be locked down for Wednesday’s planned rallies in support of President Donald Trump, and that weapons of any kind will not be permitted.

She also warned DC residents to avoid going downtown and to resist confronting rally-goers, even if rally-goers become aggressive.

On Monday, Bowser’s office sent a request to the Pentagon, asking to activate the National Guard to help keep peace on the National Mall on Wednesday, as thousands of Trump supporters are expected to convene on the nation’s capital to pressure Members of Congress to resist certifying the Electoral College vote. Organizers expect one large rally — promoted by no less than the president — as well as several other, smaller rallies, put together by pro-Trump groups.

The rallies coincide with a vote to certify the Electoral College results in Congress. Republicans in both the House and Senate say they plan to delay certification, challenging the results in several states that President Trump and the GOP claim experienced coordinated vote fraud.

The Trump campaign has filed dozens of legal challenges against November’s presidential election results with no success. Wednesday’s vote in Congress is the administration’s last hope for challenging Joe Biden’s presumptive win.

DC’s NBC affiliate reports that Bowser is looking to lock down the city’s downtown area, even though none of the organizing groups have promised violence.

“D. C. Mayor Muriel Bowser urged people Sunday to stay away from the downtown area during upcoming demonstrations, and away from people coming to the area to cause violence and destruction,” the outlet noted, citing an interview Bowser gave over the weekend to MSNBC.

Bowser added, later, that she “will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate our residents or cause destruction in our city” and warned residents not to respond to Trump supporters “looking for a fight.”