Joe Biden has canceled his Amtrak train trip to Washington, D.C. for Inauguration Day on January 20 over concerns about security. His decision is a reflection of the left’s growing fear of potential threats in the Capitol after the chaos that ensued after Trump supporters stormed the building on January 6.
While completely ignoring the riots and violence perpetrated by left-wing agitators throughout most of 2020, the left has decided to take advantage of the first violent action taken by a group of Trump supporters in order to slander President Trump and conservatives in general. Through this, they are now ramping up security in Washington, D.C. and blaming it on the president.
The FBI has warned of possible plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals, and in Washington, D.C., leading up to the inauguration. President Trump has already made an emergency declaration in order to increase police and military presence in the nation’s capital.
The news of Biden’s decision not to take his usual train trip to Washington, D.C. was shared with The Associated Press by a person briefed on the decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
It was likely not an easy decision for Biden, who has become well-known for his preference for riding the train.
Fox 5 reported on the former vice president’s long history of loving train rides:
“Biden’s preference for riding the train during his 36-year Senate career was such a central part of his public persona that he rode Amtrak home on his final day as vice president, and he used a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania during the presidential campaign as part of an effort to appeal to blue-collar workers.
Biden became known for riding the train starting from his very earliest days in the Senate, when he made a point to return home nearly every night to help raise his young sons after his wife and young daughter died in a car accident in 1972. His embrace of Amtrak — and the friends he made among the train conductors and staff as a regular — was featured in a short film that aired during the Democratic National Convention last August.”
The change in travel plans is reportedly not the only security-related development surrounding Inauguration Day.
On January 13, FBI officials briefed Biden, the Secret Service, and his national security team about the possibility of additional violence in the coming days.
“In the week since the attack on Congress by a mob that included domestic terrorists and violent extremists, the nation has continued to learn more about the threat to our democracy and about the potential for additional violence in the coming days, both in the National Capital Region and in cities across the country. This is a challenge that the President-elect and his team take incredibly seriously,” read a statement from the Biden transition team.
New security measures include non-scalable walls and metal gates erected around Washington, D.C., street closures, and a new contingent of National Guard troops stationed at the Capitol.