First Came Word Guard Might Be Staying In D.C. For Much Longer, Now There's Word on the Barbed Wire Fencing

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We’ve been reporting on the troubling question of what are the National Guard still doing in Washington, D.C. at this point and why are there reports that they intend to keep them through the fall?

So far there’s been no explanation given as to why that’s happening and what the rationale is, what the “threats” are supposed to be. No one is being told, including the governors whose units were being used or Congressional Republicans. Rep. Lisa McClain, who is on the House Armed Services Committee, is demanding answers from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the matter. It’s ridiculous that there’s so far been in excess of $480 million spent without any explanation to Congress as to why it is continuing.

But that’s not the only problematic security measure continuing in D.C. Remember that fencing around the Capitol? The Capitol Police are now asking that the 8 foot barbed wire fencing stay in place around the Capitol until September to help protect lawmakers “while authorities work to track down threats.”

So there was a three hour riot on Jan. 6. Since then we’ve been told it was needed for the inauguration. That passed. Then we were told it was needed past the impeachment trial. That passed. All the supposed events are passed, what are they talking about and why can’t they at least inform the the governors they are asking for help or the members of Congress who are having to outlay the money who have no idea what’s going on?

Meanwhile, it’s fascinating this newfound love that Democrats seem to have for walls. I thought walls don’t protect anything according to their arguments and we didn’t need a wall at the border to protect the country? Yet, they have no problem with a wall to protect themselves.

In the United States of America, seeing the halls of the people walled off is a particularly troubling look, making one think of banana republics and dictators. Surely doesn’t look like they think they have the confidence of the voters with this. Imagine for the moment if President Donald Trump had done this, what they would have said and how they would have gone off with how dictatorial it was.

Forty two Republicans sent a letter to Pelosi, asking her to remove the fencing around the Capitol and to dispense with the National Guard. “It’s time for healing and it’s time for the removal of the fencing so the nation may move forward,” they said in the letter. D.C. politicians are also not big fans of it because it’s blocking the ability to get around and disrupting normal foot traffic. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton who represents D.C. wants it down.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) called this out on Fox and pointed out the hypocrisy of the Democrats on this versus the wall at the southern border.