State capitols braced for violent, pro-Trump protests on Inauguration Day, but barely anyone showed up

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A man waves and American flag as he walks outside the Missouri State Capitol building on January 20, 2021 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Supporters of former President Donald Trump gathered at state capitol buildings nationwide today to protest the presidential election results and the inauguration of President Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images
  • State capitols across the US prepared for violent protests after the US Capitol siege on January 6.

  • Many leaders expected pro-Trump loyalists to protest President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.

  • National Guard troops deployed to state government buildings, but hardly any protesters showed up.

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State capitols across the US heavily were heavily fortified in advance of President Joe Biden's inauguration, but relatively few protesters even showed up.

On January 6, exactly two weeks before the presidential inauguration, pro-Trump rioters breached the US Capitol in a violent insurrection resulting in the deaths of several protesters and police officers. The protesters traveled from across the country to try to stop Congress from officially certifying Biden as the winner of the presidential election. They briefly took over the building, but Congress ultimately certified Biden's victory late into the night.

Some pro-Trump extremists also converged on state capitols and lawmakers' homes in several cities across the US that day, and leaders braced for more violence ahead of the inauguration.

After the Michigan capitol received bomb threats less than a week after the US Capitol insurrection, the state's attorney general declared the building unsafe.

"My job is not to provide state employees & residents or other visitors to our Capitol with a false sense of security, especially given the current state of affairs in Michigan and around the nation," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wrote. "I repeat-the Michigan Capitol is not safe."

But for as much time and preparation that went into securing the safety of state capitols across the US for Biden's inauguration, very few protesters actually showed up. Only one state, Colorado, saw any real scuffles as protesters set an American flag aflame.

Insider collected scenes from 23 state capitols across the country from local journalists and pedestrians:

New York

Colorado

Michigan

Arizona

Texas

Nebraska

Wisconsin

Washington

California

Connecticut

Kentucky

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Georgia

New Hampshire

Nevada

Utah

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Utah National Guardsmen stand guard at the Utah State Capitol building to provide security in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 20, 2021. - The FBI has reported there have been threats of violence at State Capitols through out the United States on inauguration of US President Joe Biden. GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images

Kansas

North Carolina

Vermont

Minnesota

New Mexico

Missouri

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Supporters of Donald Trump demonstrate outside the Missouri State Capitol building on January 20, 2021 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Supporters of former President Donald Trump gathered at state capitol buildings nationwide today to protest the presidential election results and the inauguration of President Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

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