The White House is bracing for violence and civil unrest in the wake of Tuesday’s election by re-installing the famously “non-scalable” security fence “around the entire perimeter of the White House.”
White House ready for battle
As the nation gets ready for the final official day of voting in America, the White House confirmed a few details of their own security preparations on Monday. Not too many of them though, because they don’t want to tell their secrets. They can’t hide the fact that crews are working like mad to put the security fence back up. The one that was designed so nobody can climb over it.
The security barrier will completely surround the entire White House grounds. As CNN reports, “it will go down 15th Street to Constitution Avenue and then over to 17th Street. The fence will then run up to H Street and across by Lafayette, and then come down 15th Street.”
NBC News was the first to break the story about the revamped fencing but the Secret Service isn’t talking. A “Secret Service spokeswoman declined to comment to CNN, saying the agency does not comment on security measures.”
Without trying to alarm anyone or anything, CNN writes “the extra layer of security marks the most high-profile example to date of authorities preparing for unrest following this year’s election.” They also admit the White House isn’t the only one ready for a situation where “there is no clear winner come November 4.”
The battle of Lafayette Park
Even before the extra security precautions, it wasn’t all that easy to get up next to the White House. Between construction projects involving the main gate and the violent riots, looting and arson this summer, A wide perimeter has been maintained. Lafayette Park is a prime example of the precautions. In the height of the Black Lives Matter riots, they set fire to the historic Church across the square from the presidential mansion.
Not only is Lafayette Park a prime gathering spot for rioters, because of it’s proximity to the White House grounds, it has also been “largely been fenced-in since police aggressively moved in on protesters.”
The police are preparing for battle. As related by Washington, DC, Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham in a warning last month, there is “wide expectation of some type of civil unrest following the election.” No matter which side loses, they aren’t going to be happy.
Folks at the White House aren’t the only ones battening down the hatches. Businesses from one end of the Nation’s Capital to the other are boarding up doors and windows, along with merchants from coast-to-coast. It’s been a popular tactic for liberal, Antifa-inspired Black Lives Matter anarchists to smash windows to loot stores, walking away with all the booty they can plunder. When they’re done, they typically burn down the local police station for an encore.
Every election year the D.C. Police take extra precautions, and all the normal ones will be in place again this year. They work closely with the intelligence community to pick up plots on Facebook and they will also enforce the traditional lockdown on D.C. airspace. What’s different this year is that the officers are getting extra training for civil unrest, especially aimed at the White House.
“If there’s no winner, you will see significant deployments of officers at all levels across the capital.” If you’re a cop, you can forget about sleep for a while. “Officers will get cancellations of days off, extensions of shifts and full deployments of officers across the city.”