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Gov. Newsom calls up California National Guard in preparation for presidential inauguration

Gov. Gavin Newsom called on the California Army National Guard on Thursday to boost security at the state capital in Sacramento following last week’s attack on Congress by a mob incited by President Donald Trump.

Newsom, at a news conference, said 1,000 guard members will support the California Highway Patrol and other enforcement agencies to guard important infrastructure in and around California’s state capital. He added that the state was working with federal and local law enforcement to bolster security throughout California.

“Let me be clear, there will be no tolerance for violence,” Newsom said, referring to the raid last week on the Capitol building by Trump followers, who scaled walls, busted windows and knocked down doors to get in. Five people died, including a police officer who was beaten.

“What we witnessed at our nation’s capital is an unconscionable assault on our republic and the freedoms upon which our nation was founded,” Newsom said. “California will take every necessary measure to protect public safety and our democratic principles  to ensure these disgraceful actions are not repeated here.”

A spokesman for the California Army National Guard declined comment Thursday.

Source: Orange County Register

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