Dear Commons Community,
Yesterday’s rally in Washington, D.C. to support the January 6th insurrectionists fizzled within a couple of hours. Police and reporters outnumbered the several hundred Pro-Trump demonstrators.
The rally ended less than 90 minutes after it began around noon in Union Square, a small park just west, and in clear view, of the Capitol.
Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said that the crowd was “about what we expected” and that the stepped-up police presence may have kept numbers lower. “I’m hopeful that had some impact on it,” he said in an interview before the rally.
In the afternoon, the U.S. Capitol Police estimated that, excluding law enforcement, 400 to 450 people were inside the protest area.
Conservative columnist George Will during an interview on MSNBC (see video above) commented on the rally.