Fears of another Capitol attack have ramped up in the days and hours leading up to March 4, the next significant date in the QAnon calendar. Despite countless failed Q predictions, supporters of former President Donald Trump and the proliferating conspiracy theory believe that Thursday will be the day that the ex-president will be inaugurated again.
On Wednesday, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) announced that they had uncovered threats by militia groups to breach the Capitol building on March 4. The “possible plot” appeared to be connected to the QAnon theory that Trump would return to office on that date, when presidents were inaugurated pre-1933.
“The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex,” authorities said in a statement. “We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4.”
Two unnamed law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that the online threats included talks by people involved with the Three Percenters, an anti-establishment militia group that took part in storming the Capitol on January 6. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Timothy Blodgett, the acting House sergeant-at-arms, told congressional lawmakers earlier this week that there was “no indication that groups will travel to Washington D.C. to protest or commit acts of violence.”
Today, he informed them of the “new and concerning information and intelligence indicating additional interest in the Capitol for the dates of March 4th-6th by a militia group.” Lawmakers quickly wrapped up work about half an hour before midnight on Wednesday after the warning.
The USCP have confirmed that they’re increasing security measures in the area over fears that the violence seen on January 6 would be repeated.
“Based on the intelligence that we have, the Department has taken immediate steps to enhance our security posture and staffing for a number of days, to include March 4,” Capitol police said. “The Department has communicated our enhanced posture as well as the available intelligence for the entire workforce.”
Chatter about an incident have escalated among QAnon supporters in the days leading up to March 4.
“Cannot wait until the inauguration March 4 first true president in years,” one believer wrote on a major QAnon channel on the messaging app Telegram.
“God has planned all of this for many years. Got to love this president. Not much longer now. March 4 will be our victory dance,” another wrote.
“The real POTUS can’t get back into office fast enough. March 4 at the latest… PLEASE GOD!”
On Thursday, the administrators of another popular QAnon forum urged believers to “stay home, stay alert, and stay safe.”
There is no real indication what QAnon supporters are planning for tomorrow. However, some believers online are certain that Trump would arrive at the scene to finally execute the long-awaited “storm”—that is, ordering mass arrests and executions of satanic pedophilies who are part of the “deep state.”
QAnon supporters initially believed that the “storm” would occur on January 20. But when that prediction didn’t happen, some shifted the date to March 4. They doubled down on the belief when it was reported that the Trump International Hotel in D.C. had tripped prices for rooms to $1,331 on that date.
Then, the U.S. Marshal posted a tweet about Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4 in 1861, which further fueled the conspiracy theory.
Newsweek reached out to Trump representatives for comment.