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U.S. Capitol calm amid high security; Trump supporters hold faith he will return

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By Jonathan Landay and Julia Harte

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A smattering of followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory gathered near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, the day the movement had predicted former President Donald Trump's return to office, but they were far outnumbered by security forces deployed to deter any possible attack.

National Guard troops patrolled inside the fence encircling the Capitol, the scene of a deadly insurrection by Trump supporters that killed five people. Police had warned of a potential attack by militants to mark Thursday's date, and the House of Representatives canceled its session.

But around noon, all was quiet. John and Karyn Carson, who took time off work and came from California to see Trump be inaugurated for a second term, were undaunted.

“Every day that we’re here, we’ll probably come out around noon and see if anything transpires,” Karyn, 52, told Reuters. “If it doesn’t happen, we’ll obviously be sad 'cause it didn’t happen while we were here, but we believe that it will happen. It just hasn’t happened yet.”

March 4 is the day when adherents to the debunked QAnon conspiracy theory believe that Trump, who was defeated by President Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election, will be sworn in for a second term in office. Until 1933, March 4 was the date of the presidential inauguration.

A bulletin by U.S. security agencies on Tuesday said an unidentified group of "militia violent extremists" discussed plans in February to "take control of the U.S. Capitol and remove Democratic lawmakers on or about March 4."

National Guard troops - rifles strapped across their chests - chatted in small knots on the sidewalks in the bright sunshine.

While the Carsons were undeterred by the lack of activity at the Capitol, media reports said that QAnon influencers had backtracked, posting on message boards that the March 4 theory was planted by the movement's enemies to make it look foolish.

The Carson siblings believe the presidential election was fraudulent, a claim that Trump repeated without evidence. They also think the United States has two presidents now, Trump and Biden.

The Carsons predicted the military will restore Trump to power by the end of the month. John, 58, acknowledged that belief was “from our own assumption as to what really should happen and probably will happen.”

“It may seem foolish to some people that we came all this way to see something that may or may not happen, but we don’t care,” Karyn said.

Both siblings said they had no intention of trying to restore Trump to power with violence, and they deplored the deadly attack on the Capitol in January.

Federal prosecutors have charged more than 300 people for involvement in the storming of the U.S. Capitol, including a policeman. Those arrested include members of armed militia groups such as the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters. Trump supporters sporting QAnon flags and accessories were part of the mob that stormed the building.

The Capitol Police have asked the Pentagon to extend the National Guard's mission in Washington for an additional two months, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Thursday. The mission was set to end on March 12.

The U.S. Senate was open for business on Thursday and expected to begin debating Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

U.S. Capitol calm amid high security; Trump supporters hold faith he will return
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan Mar 05, 2021 12:12AM ET
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Jusr to be clear, there is no evidence that the police man was killed by the rioters, It's only "deadly" because police shot and killed a veteran,
Mike Holden
Mike Holden Mar 04, 2021 5:25PM ET
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"Trump supporters hold faith he will return" Okay, everybody now repeat after me: Imhotep, Imhotep, Imhotep....
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Edouard Mar 04, 2021 4:23PM ET
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The extreme short-sightedness and weakness along with the disastrous attitude of the Republicans in relation to the Trump mandate and the final episodes of his term and elections, will bring many complications to the party, to democracy and to the voters of both signs. The USA has lost a large part of its prestige and exemplarity in the world where its behavior is often mocked and mocked. We begin to see it in all digital media, in the cinema, m in the cartoons. . A problematic recovery as we see today. A shame
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Capitol Police say they have intelligence showing a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol this  Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of former U.S. president Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory. https://worldabcnews.com/police-intelligence-finds-possible-plot-to-breach-u-s-capitol-by-identified-militia-group-on-thursday/
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CatholicMan Mar 04, 2021 3:41PM ET
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They already shot and killed a veteran, the capitol police are the new keystone cops.
Gregory Me
Gregory Me Mar 04, 2021 3:41PM ET
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They build walls to protect themselves, but tear down walls which protect tax paying citizens.
Adrian White
Adrian White Mar 04, 2021 3:41PM ET
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Gregory, exactly which walls are you claiming "they" tore down?
John Mage
John Mage Mar 04, 2021 9:48AM ET
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Those criminals in DC victimize the American people people for years and then, when the people rise up, act like they're the victims. Those criminals are only scared because they know they are guilty.
Tenemos Avoir
Tenemos Avoir Mar 04, 2021 9:29AM ET
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And how many firearms will be confiscated today?...same as on January 6, 2021...zero?
Rad Chad
FeeFiFoFum Mar 04, 2021 9:29AM ET
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firearm confiscation ain't happening. sorry to inform you
Tenemos Avoir
Tenemos Avoir Mar 04, 2021 9:29AM ET
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No need to be sorry. I suspect we agree.
Viking Fire
Viking Fire Mar 04, 2021 8:15AM ET
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GOPQ getting ready to ki ll 5 more people :(
joe balone
joe balone Mar 04, 2021 6:57AM ET
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Fake news.
Aaron Haynes
Aaron Haynes Mar 04, 2021 6:57AM ET
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it's spelled, bologna.
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Retuers was founded by Paul Julius Reuter. His real name was Israel Beer Josaphat.  Even the names are fake.
 
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