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Sen. James Lankford dispels rumors around the US Capitol attack

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 11:48:17-05

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma Senator James Lankford is working to dispel the rumors surrounding the attack on the United States Capitol on Jan. 6.

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In a Facebook post and email to his constituents, Lankford addressed several of rumors making the rounds on social media, making many people even more worried and fearful.

Here's the breakdown:

Rumor: “There were buses of ANTIFA members that came to the Capitol for the protest”

Senator Lankford said this is false. While you see buses pulling up to the Capitol, they were actually empty buses to evacuate staff and members of Congress trapped in the buildings.

Rumor: “The federal government is about to declare martial law”

This is also false. Under federal law, a president can't declare martial law without public declaration. This can't happen secretly.

Rumor: “Seeing unusual increased military activity across the country”

Lankford said this is normal around a presidential inauguration.

Rumor: “The National Guard is being secretly called up all over the country”

The senator said the truth is, you can't secretly call up the National Guard. "Calling them up" involves thousands of decisions.

Currently, National Guard members from multiple states, including Oklahoma, are being asked to help preserve national security during the transition of power, and the area in and around Washington, D.C.

READ MORE: Oklahoma National Guard sending 400 guardsmen to support inauguration

Rumor: “There are armed attacks planned for every state capital on January 20th”

Lankford said this is not a baseless rumor and that law enforcement is encouraging local, state, and federal agencies to exercise caution.

To read more on the other rumors, click here.

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