The non-scalable wall on the Southern Border will be fully built before the end of President Trump’s second term.
The non-scalable wall at the White House?
That’s already built.
Federal authorities were expected to re-erect a “non-scalable” fence around the White House on Monday, a day before a presidential election many fear may lead to mass protest, civil unrest and even armed insurrection.
Amid speculation that the election result will not be immediately known and signs Republicans will either declare victory early or mount legal challenges if Donald Trump appears to have lost, multiple news outlets reported the White House plan, citing anonymous sources.
“The White House on lockdown,” the NBC News White House correspondent, Geoff Bennett, wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“A federal law enforcement source tells NBC that beginning tomorrow, crews will build a ‘non-scalable’ fence to secure the [White House] complex, Ellipse and Lafayette Square. Two hundred and fifty national guardsmen have been put on standby, reporting to metro police officials.”
The barricade will form a square perimeter around the White House, on 15th Street, Constitution Avenue, 17th Street and H street.
Fencing was put up during the summer, amid national protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the aftermath of the killing by Minneapolis police of George Floyd, an African American man. According to CNN, the new “unscalable” barricade is the same type of fence.
In the summer, amid protests near the White House at which federal agents confronted and assaulted mostly peaceful demonstrators, it was reported that Trump was taken to a protective bunker under the executive mansion. Trump insisted the visit was brief and for inspection purposes.
There are several terms which the media has been bullied into not using anymore because people used them ironically on the internet so many times that the individual journalists are embarrassed to type them.
- Vibrant diversity
- Mostly peaceful protests
Apparently, the British didn’t get the memo on the second one. Come to think of it, I think I’ve recently seen “vibrant diversity” in The Guardian as well.
The summer protests also saw confrontations between law enforcement and protesters, and widespread looting, in other major cities. As the election looms, stores in New York, Washington and elsewhere have been boarding up windows in case of trouble.
Mostly peaceful widespread looting.
Across the capital, people were bracing for unrest regardless of the election result. Business owners boarded up windows, while George Washington University warned students and staff to stock up on at least one week’s worth of “food, supplies and medicine”.
Law enforcement agencies are preparing to deploy. Patrick Burke, executive director of the Washington DC Police Foundation, recently told CNN: “If there’s no winner, you will see significant deployments of officers at all levels across the capital.”
The Daily Beast also reported that more than 100 personnel from the justice department’s Bureau of Prisons are prepared to mobilize in case of unrest.
In New York, the police commissioner, Dermot Shea, sent a memo to department members in mid-October, indicating that the majority of officers must report to duty in uniform – and be ready to deploy, including officers not normally in uniform, including detectives. The department said it expected protests could become larger and more frequent into early 2021, NBC New York reported.
Frankly, I’m now wondering if the whole riots thing is being exaggerated.
Maybe it isn’t.
But the media is really pumping it up hard, and I’ve never known the media to make really great predictions. Frankly, I’m not personally aware of any sustained riots ever happening in the winter. Can you imagine, snow on the ground, and people rioting for weeks on end?
It’s not really even physically possible to riot for more than a couple days in December and January.
That said, of course be ready for it. There is going to be serious rioting for at least some days, maybe weeks. Assuming Trump wins, it will probably primarily depend on the weather. If somehow they claim Biden won, and he successfully manages to get inaugurated (very unlikely), riots will only last a few days.