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“Field of Flags” on the National Mall represents people who cannot attend the opening.

On Monday, for 90 minutes, a strip of the National Mall was lit up with 56 “pillars of light” and nearly 200,000 flags in an art exhibit depicting people who cannot attend the presidential inauguration due to the pandemic. coronavirus and restrictive security measures.

The display represents the 50 states, Washington, DC and the five permanently inhabited territories of the United States.

According to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inaugural committee, the art exhibit represented “a commitment to an inclusive and safe event that everyone can enjoy at home.”

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After refusing to do so, Trump orders the flags to fly halfway through.

President Trump issued a proclamation on Sunday ordering that the American flag in the White House and in all federal buildings and lands be lowered in honor of two U.S. Capitol police officers who died after the president’s supporters rioted violently on the Capitol on Wednesday.

The move came after the flags at the Capitol complex were lowered in honor of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died of injuries he sustained while engaging with the crowd of Trump supporters who made the move. burst and passed the building. Another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide over the weekend.

Despite much criticism, Mr. Trump had refused to lower the flags, but gave in on Sunday.

“I hereby order that the flag of the United States fly at Half-Staff in the White House and over all public buildings and grounds, at all military and naval stations, and on all warships. of the federal government in the district. Colombia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset on January 13, 2021, ”Mr. Trump wrote in the proclamation. “I also order that the flag flown on a half-staff basis for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices and other facilities of the United States abroad, including all military installations and ships and stations of Marine.”

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Vehicles displaying Trump flags attempt to force a Biden-Harris campaign bus off a highway in Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas – Several vehicles carrying Trump flags and placards surrounded a Biden-Harris campaign bus going from San Antonio to Austin on Friday, forcing campaign officials to drop two campaign events, according to Democratic officials reports on Saturday.

Vehicles surrounded the bus on busy Interstate 35 and appeared to be attempting to slow it down and force it onto the side of the road, according to social media posts from witnesses and accounts from party activists. In one case, vehicles parked in front of the bus and attempted to stop in the middle of the freeway.

Travis County Democratic Party chair Katie Naranjo tweeted that Trump supporters also “ran into one person’s car, shouting curses and threats.” The bus was occupied by campaign workers, who notified local law enforcement officials, who helped the vehicle reach its destination, party officials said.

Out of “great caution,” they said, the campaign called off an event scheduled for later today at a Texas AFL-CIO-owned parking lot in downtown Austin. A campaign event in the suburb of Pflugerville was also dropped.

“Rather than engage in a productive conversation about the radically different visions Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas have instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters and others at risk. Tariq Thowfeek, Texas director of communications for the Biden for President campaign, said in a statement.

“Our supporters will continue to organize their communities for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the top-to-bottom Democrats in the ballot,” Mr. Thowfeek said, “and for the Texans who disrupted our events: We’ll see you on November 3.

A spokesperson for the Texas Republican Party could not immediately be reached for comment. Efforts to contact the Texas Department of Public Safety to determine the possibility of law enforcement action were also not immediately successful.