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.”
U.S. Capitol Police officials told congressional leaders the razor-wire topped fencing around the Capitol should remain in place for several more months as law enforcement continues to track threats against lawmakers, a source tells AP. https://t.co/9EdHHg8LNV
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 18, 2021
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.
Democrats in Congress are willing to fund razor wire fencing around our nation’s Capitol, but when it comes to a wall at our southern border, it's a non-starter.
This makes zero sense.
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) February 18, 2021
This fence was put up within 24 hours and it can be put up again. I am aware of no specific and credible threat that would warrant keeping the fence up through the fall, and I'll be seeking answers when we're back in session next week.https://t.co/UMYjdRCWbJ
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) February 18, 2021
Right on schedule, police officials anonymously say the ridiculous barbed wire fence surrounding the Capitol must stay in place till at least September due to unspecified "threats against lawmakers"
Are you familiar with the concept of "mission creep"https://t.co/41jk527vVa
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) February 18, 2021
If you feel you need permanent 8 foot high fencing rimmed with barbed wire, and 5,000 National Guard troops to guard the U.S. Capitol for months and months… perhaps you're doing something wrong.🤔🇺🇸
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) February 16, 2021