DC Mayor: Public should not come to inauguration

Between the pandemic and the security threat, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is flat-out asking people not to come to the city for the inauguration on January 20th. (Jan. 15)

Video Transcript

MURIEL BOWSER: I want to reiterate my request to Americans to enjoy this 59th inauguration of the President of the United States and the Vice President of the United States from home. Enjoy it virtually on January 20. Our tradition-- in fact, our constitutional mandate-- that the transition of power occurs by noon on January the 20th will happen right here in the District of Columbia. And we want everybody to enjoy it and enjoy it right in their own states in their own living rooms and with their own families.

MATTHEW MILLER: Our democracy is built on the rule of law. And the Secret Service workforce is dedicated and committed to uphold its oath to the Constitution and assure that it's vital no-fail mission regarding the security of the presidential inauguration and the peaceful transfer of power is carried out.

MURIEL BOWSER: I think that we're going to go back to a new normal, Stephanie. And I think that our entire country has to deal with how our intelligence apparatus, security apparatus at every level deal with a very real and present threat to our nation.

We do not expect to have visiting National Guard throughout the city for weeks to come. No, we don't expect that. But I do think that we have to replace that sense of security in other ways. So we certainly, from the district's perspective, will be thinking about that.