The news is out: [Almost 5,000 National Guard troops are expected to remain in Washington, DC, until mid-March, according to CNN.
This is partly due to fears of potential violence from followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory on March 4, the media outlet reported.
The request for 4,900 troops to stay until March 12 was made by US Capitol Police, defense officials told CNN.
It was later confirmed by House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat, according to Right Wing Watch.
Some QAnon adherents believe that former President Donald Trump will be sworn in on March 4.
This date’s significance is rooted in a bizarre conspiracy theory that a law enacted in 1871 secretly turned the US into a corporation.
Members of the “sovereign citizen” movement, a loose grouping of anti-tax Americans, believe that all presidents in the last 150 years have been illegitimate. In the eyes of this movement and the QAnon followers who now subscribe to it, the last legitimate president was Ulysses S. Grant.
Grant was sworn in on March 4, as were all other commanders-in-chief up until the 1933 introduction of the 20th Amendment.]
March 4th, because even dumb ass crazy nuts need a holiday.