Joe Biden's Inauguration Day was unlike any other in history. The attendance numbers surrounding the event is always a hot topic for the national media. Every President-elect loves to tout how crowded their inauguration was. President Biden has nothing to add to that conversation. His inauguration was empty for another reason.
On January 6th, 2021, a mob of Trump loyalists stormed the US Capitol, sparking a national security threat around the country. Subsequently, most federal buildings were closed leading up to the inauguration after far-right nationalists threatened more violence.
Washington D.C. was hastily transformed into an occupied state. 25,000 National Guardsmen from all 50 states were mustered to the nation's capital. Metal security fences were set up into a maze all around the city. Citizens were unable to walk one block in the city center without having to go through a military checkpoint.
An intersection at 18th and H St. is desolate on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Washington D.C. Many of the streets in the nations capital were abandoned during the inauguration aside from journalists and your occasional jogger.
A National Guardsmen stands guard outside of the Capitol on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Washington D.C. 25,000 National Guardsmen and Guardswomen were deployed to the nation's capital for the inauguration.
A woman holds a Biden 2020 flag just outside the inauguration Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington D.C. Around a hundred people gathered on the north side of the Capitol for the event. An audience was not allowed inside the National Mall for security reasons and COVID-19.