DC Mayor Urges Americans to Avoid City During Biden's Inauguration
11:25, Tuesday, 12 January, 2021
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser urged Americans to participate virtually in the festivities surrounding President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week, imploring people to avoid attending in person as the city recovers from the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol last week. "Our goals right now are to encourage Americans to participate virtually and to protect the District of Columbia from a repeat of the violent insurrection experienced at the Capitol and its grounds on January 6," Bowser said. Speaking at a news conference Monday, Bowser, a Democrat, stressed that she was concerned about more violent actors potentially coming to the city in the run-up to the inauguration, saying, "if I'm scared of anything, it's for our democracy, because we have very extreme factions in our country that are armed and dangerous."