There’s a mystery this morning that we still don’t have the answer to and it’s raising a lot of questions.
The Washington Monument is lit every night. But for some reason, the lights went out last night except for two little red lights on the top of the building that warn planes that the monument is there.
The National Park Service acknowledged there was an issue on Sunday evening shortly before 8 P.M. in a tweet.
The exterior lights of the Washington Monument are currently out. We are investigating and will have them restored as soon as possible.
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) January 25, 2021
“The exterior lights of the Washington Monument are currently out,” the NPS said. “We are investigating and will have them restored as soon as possible.”
That’s about 14 hours ago and there doesn’t seem to be any answer as to why they are out. The NPS has not posted anything further on the matter as of yet.
Residents in D.C. who are used to it being lit up and using it as a guiding point were thrown off by the darkness.
— Lorenzo Hall (@LorenzoHall) January 25, 2021
The Washington Monument isn’t lit up tonight for whatever reason and it’s super creepy pic.twitter.com/qGomxwJQEJ
— Caleb Hull (I'm With the CCP Don't Ban Me) (@CalebJHull) January 25, 2021
Democracy dies in darkness.
— Patty (@pob) January 25, 2021
Some wryly observed it was likely Joe Biden’s problematic energy position striking in D.C.
must be part of Bidens “energy plan”… :p
— roo (@synetic6) January 25, 2021
Some noted this was after the report that Biden had suspended President Donald Trump’s executive order banning foreign involvement in the U.S. power grid which had been aimed primarily at not putting the grid at risk from China.
The NPS announced that the Monument would be closing the day before because of the virus until further notice.
To protect staff and visitors from COVID-19, the Washington Monument is closed until further notice. The closure is consistent with local & federal guidance, including the CDC and was completed in consultation with the NPS Office of Public Health. More at https://t.co/mYU4nUse1W pic.twitter.com/pXvKbcg8Ny
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) January 23, 2021
Washington Monument to remain closed pic.twitter.com/UBO9HYqrte
— The Hill (@thehill) January 24, 2021
But the NPS said that the lights going out wasn’t related to that, according to CBS.
Perhaps appropriate symbolism for Biden’s dark, calamitous actions so far.