Federal authorities re-installed a “non-scalable” fence around the entire perimeter of the White House Monday as concerns grew over potential unrest on Election Day.
According to The Hill, the fence will reportedly go up on Monday around the Ellipse and Lafayette Square, on 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, as well as 17th Street and on H Street NW. There have been no indication of when or if the fence will be removed again after Election Day.
Many believe there will be an increase in violence on Election Day, especially in battleground states. According to a study by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) and MilitiaWatch, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, California and New Mexico were at moderate risk to see increased active militias on Election Day.
Over the weekend, a caravan of Trump supporters in pickup trucks surrounded and intimidated a Joe Biden/Kamala Haris campaign bus. The FBI announced Monday that it is investigating the incident. Another tense standoff took place in Louisville Sunday, when about 100 “Trump Train” drivers clashed with several protesters at a high school. The protesters, who were upset that the group was allowed to use school property, tried to block vehicles from leaving the parking lot with their cars.
USA Today reported Police officers in Middletown, Kentucky, were at the scene and arrested one protester during the confrontation, department Chief Robert Herman confirmed. Protests this summer have led to millions in damages for some states as they’ve had to deal with broken windows, burned cop cars and even burned police stations.3
Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham told CNN officers have been preparing for Election Day for well over a year as it does ahead of every general election, ensuring that they are prepared to handle everything from civil disturbance to crowd control to potential disruptions to metro transit.
It’s also likely that a winner won’t be announced on Election Day, which could lead to more chaos as Americasns grow worried over which candidate will lead the country out of the coronavirus pandemic and into the mid 2020s.