I’ve got good news. If you are self-immolating enough to visit Washington, D.C., right now in its current, insane state, you’ll be able to enter at least some of the Capitol grounds again soon. The outer fencing that has surrounded the complex since the January 6th riot is finally set to come down, and the political hacks who kept it there for so long are finally admitting the obvious.
Namely, that there has been no credible threat to justify the fortification of the Capitol for the last several months. This, per Roll Call.
The outer fence surrounding the Capitol complex will be removed this weekend, according to acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy P. Blodgett, a continued de-escalation of the security perimeter since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
In an email to members and staff, Blodgett said that by Monday, Independence and Constitution avenues will be open for traffic. The inner layer of fencing will remain around the Capitol Square area while the Architect of the Capitol makes security repairs to the Capitol.
They are still going to keep the fencing around the inner grounds, which was a common tourist destination until January. That alone is a testament to how insane all this security theater has been. The outer fencing created such a large perimeter that it never made any sense in the first place. Was there any actual evidence of a threat large enough to require multiple layers of fencing? Heck, a locked door would have been enough, if some Qanon freaks decided to show up.
None of this was justified, and Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden have instead used federal resources for their own political gain, attempting to paint a picture of a dangerous, pro-Trump threat that simply doesn’t exist.
Blodgett said the Capitol Police have informed him that “there does not exist a known, credible threat against Congress or the Capitol Complex that warrants the temporary security fencing.”
As I’ve said before, all available evidence says that the January 6th riot was a unique circumstance. There was already a huge, mostly peaceful crowd on the grounds that day. That stretched security thin, and the mayor of D.C. had expressly rejected further resources. At no point has there ever been a real possibility, after January 6th, that some roving band of attackers was going to walk up and breach the Capitol. If any real crowd started to gather that appeared threatening, security could respond accordingly in plenty of time.
Everything we’ve seen going on at the Capitol has been laughable, partisan theater, and it’s been an affront to the idea that the Capitol belongs to the people. We do not live in a dictatorship, and our political leaders should be ashamed for perpetuating this farce. When Republicans retake the House in 2022, as I suspect they will, they should tear down what remaining nonsense remains.