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Arkansas Governor Downplays Threat of Violence on Inauguration Day, Won’t Bring in National Guard

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Arkansas Governor Downplays Threat of Violence on Inauguration Day, Won’t Bring in National Guard

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said his office is monitoring the potential for violence, saying he does not feel the need to deploy the state’s National Guard to the state capitol in Little Rock. The Republican governor told Fox News on Sunday: “You want to be overprepared versus underprepared because you never want to see a repeat of what we saw on January 6 in our nation’s capital.” But he added that after monitoring the possibility for violence before or on Inauguration Day, “it’s not to the level that I’m bringing out the National Guard.” Instead of deploying Guard members, Hutchinson said he would instead opt to use “civilian law enforcement.” But he stressed that in Little Rock, there will be an increased presence of police. “We don’t have any specific intelligence that there’s going to be violence associated with those rallies but we want to be extra cautious,” he continued. “Every …

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