Officials in Washington, D.C., are preparing for the Proud Boys, a far-right group, to protest in the nation's capital over the weekend in the wake of President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE's defeat in last week's election.

"I huddled with my team this morning about an additional report of a caravan that might be starting somewhere in the South culminating here," Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserPedestrian bridge collapses in Northeast DC, injuring 6 Senate dives into DC statehood debate in second hearing GOP senator on DC statehood: 'No one is compelled to actually' live there MORE (D) told reporters on Tuesday.

"We continue to follow those activities and be prepared for those activities,” Bowser said. “Our police chief will have a similar posture this weekend as he did last week. And we will be there to support peaceful exercise of First Amendment demonstrations."


When asked if the potential protest changes her recommendation for business owners to take down materials that they used to board up their stores ahead of the election results, the mayor said “it hasn’t.”

“Should I think that something needs to change with that recommendation, I’ll make that statement,” she told reporters.

Bowser said issues like protesters such as the Proud Boys openly carrying weapons would be a “police matter.” Open carry is outlawed in D.C., but people can obtain a permit to concealed carry weapons.  

Trump has refused to concede in the 2020 election, alleging widespread voter fraud without evidence. 

Trump’s supporters have also contested the results and asserted the election is not finished as the Trump campaign filed several lawsuits in battleground states challenging the vote. 

The president's supporters are planning several rallies for Saturday, including the "Million Maga March" and "Stop the Steal."

During his first presidential debate with President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE, Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy and the Proud Boys, to which he responded, “Stand back and stand by.” Members of the Proud Boys celebrated Trump’s comments online, though the president told the group the next day to “stand down.”