QAnon March 4 Threat Will See Security Bolstered at Capitol, Police Confirm

United States Capitol Police (USCP) have confirmed that they are increasing security on March 4 over "concerning information" about QAnon and their baseless beliefs that Donald Trump will be re-inaugurated that day.

In a statement, USCP said they have made the decision to bolster security and provide additional staff over fears that supporters of the radical conspiracy theory, listed as a domestic terrorism threat by the FBI, will return to Washington, D.C.

Following the failure of their last major prediction that Trump would carry out mass arrests and executions of satanic pedophiles at Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, QAnon now believe Trump will be reinstated on March 4—the official day for presidential inaugurations until 1933—using beliefs lifted from the sovereign citizen movement and distortion of facts.

There are fears there could be a repeat of the violence seen during the January 6 insurrection, which QAnon supporters were a part of, if Trump does not return as president on Thursday.

"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."

The department previously said that they are aware of the significance on March 4 for QAnon and are monitoring any potential threats.

There is no real indication what, if anything, QAnon supporters are planning for Thursday.

Numerous influential advocates of the movement have distanced themselves from the date, urging QAnon supporters not to travel to D.C. that day.

Many have also downplayed the significance of March 4, which has been widely discussed promoted online for the past several weeks, claiming it is a "false flag" set up by antifa and Black Lives Matter protests.

The acting sergeant at arms for the House of Representatives, Timothy Blodgett, informed members of Congress in a memo of the increased security on March 4, adding that "the significance of this date has reportedly declined amongst various groups" in recent days.

"At this time, the USCP has no indication that groups will travel to Washington, D.C., to protest or commit acts of violence," Blodgett wrote.

"As a precaution, and to support the safety and security of Members and staff, the USCP will have additional personnel posted throughout Capitol Grounds."

Thousands of National Guard troops will also remain in D.C. until March 12 in case Thursday sees similar scenes to the January 6 riots.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department told Newsweek in February it does not discuss operational tactics, but confirmed it has not issued any permits for March 4.

In an updated statement, a spokesperson added: "MPD will continue to monitor and assess information in collaboration with our local and federal partners to ensure the public's safety."

03/03/2021: This article has been updated with comment from MPD.

A person wears a QAnon sweatshirt during a pro-Trump rally on October 3, 2020 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City. Capitol Police will increase security on March 4 because of the significance the date holds for QAnon. Stephanie Keith/Getty