Entire DC National Guard To Be Activated, Republicans Plead With Trump To Issue Command For Calm [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports:

The entire D.C. National Guard will be activated within hours, putting 1,100 guardsmen on duty after protesters supporting outgoing President Donald Trump breached the Capitol.

The rapid expansion of military involvement came after Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) requested that guardsmen already on duty be sent to the Capitol, said the defense official and a District official, speaking on the condition of anonymity due the sensitivity of the issue.

Defense officials, who have been resistant to getting dragged into politics, initially offered instead to replace police in other capacity, allowing more law enforcement to respond at the Capitol, the defense official said.

Reuters reports:

“Call it off, Mr. President. We need you to call this off,” Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Pa.) said in a CNN interview, saying Trump should tweet to his supporters: “It’s over. Please go home. Thank you for your support. I look forward to a peaceful transition of power.”

Gallagher’s comments follow those of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who likened the protesters storming the Capitol to “a coup attempt.” Both Gallagher and Kinzinger have spoken out in previous days against House Republicans’ effort to call the electoral college votes into question, a process that was underway when protesters stormed the Capitol.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who planned to support the electoral college objections, also called on Trump to “calm” his supporters.