Surreal photos show dozens of armed Guardsmen resting on the floor of the Capitol as the US braces for more extremist violence ahead of Biden's inauguration

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
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The National Guard has been deployed to protect the US Capitol in anticipation of more pro-Trump violence. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
  • National Guard presence at the Capitol has been amped up ahead of the Inauguration as law enforcement braces for a continuation of pro-Trump extremism.

  • Photos show hundreds of armed Guardsmen inside and outside of the historic building which was breached by a crazed mob only a week earlier.

  • Washington DC will be under increased security around President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

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As the US braces for more pro-Trump extremism in the weeks leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the Pentagon has approved armed National Guardsmen to be deployed to the US Capitol, Politico reported.

The Department of Justice said Tuesday that it has opened 170 subject files and charged 70 cases in relation to last week's insurrection at the US Capitol.

Law enforcement faced criticism for an apparent lack of preparedness after pro-Trump rioters who had attended a March for Trump gained control of the building, which should be one of the most secure spaces in the world.

Five people - four who attended the march and one Capitol Police Officer - have died.

The day of chaos likely isn't the end to political violence, as alt-right followers have already pledged organized violence in DC and other states beginning on January 17 and leading through the inauguration on the 20 th.

By Tuesday evening, Guardsmen who secure the Capitol were authorized to carry lethal weapons.

On early Wednesday morning, Capitol staff and reporters arrived to work and found dozens of the Guardsmen resting on the floor of the government building.

Many of them shared surreal photos of the large military presence.

Hundreds of National Guardsmen arrived for duty at the Capitol on Wednesday

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The sight of armed military patrolling the government building in face masks and fatigues may have been unimaginable in different times. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

An increased security presence is expected through the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

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Last week's riots, which Trump has been largely accused of inciting, caused damage to the historic building and lead to thefts of government property. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Some guardsmen tried to get some rest on the floor of the building.

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Their presence comes as the House of Representatives peruses an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Outside of the Capitol, Maryland National Guardsmen carrying rifles secured a perimeter.

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Pro-Trump extremism is anticipated from January 17 through, at least, the 20th. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Guardsmen are typically deployed with an M-9 handgun, Politico reported. Last week they only carried protective gear.

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Some members of the guard was deployed to Washington DC ahead of the January 6 riot, but they were unarmed. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The House of Representatives on Wednesday is expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Rep. Brian Mast gave members of the National Guard a tour of the U.S. Capitol
Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) gave members of the National Guard a tour of the U.S. Capitol Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Law enforcement around the US, including in DC, are working to ensure the Jan. 6 chaos doesn't happen again.

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If Trump is impeached for a second time, it will likely enrage some of his more radicalized supporters. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

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