It seems Democrat Congressional leaders are living in fear as excessive military presence continues in Washington DC even though there have been no incidents since the January 6 Capitol riot. The fences and high number of military personnel are making some lawmakers very unhappy.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday that he is “extremely uncomfortable” with the continued high level of security at the U.S. Capitol, saying there are currently no serious threats against Congress.
“With all this razor wire around the complex, it reminds me of my last visit to Kabul,” McConnell told reporters at a news conference.
The U.S. Capitol complex, home to both the Senate and the House of Representatives, was placed under tight security that includes a perimeter fence after a mob stormed the building in a Jan. 6 riot that left five people dead, including a police officer.
About 5,200 National Guard soldiers currently patrol the area. Their mission was originally due to end on Friday. But the Pentagon, which is reducing their number to 2,300, has agreed to extend their mission for an additional two months at the request of the U.S. Capitol Police.
U.S. security agencies warned last week that “militia violent extremists” discussed plans in February to “take control of the U.S. Capitol and remove Democratic lawmakers” on March 4, a date deemed significant by adherents to the debunked QAnon conspiracy theory. In the end nothing happened.
Criticism of the excessive security is not limited to party lines. Dem Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton had plenty to say about her displeasure.
“As you may have heard, on March 4, the House left early, because of a threat. You will note that nothing happened on March 4. Now we have a Congress afraid of its shadow,” Holmes Norton said.
“I just checked early this morning. There have been no serious threats against the Capitol. I think we’re way overreacting,” McConnell said.
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“I’m extremely uncomfortable with the fact that my constituents can’t come to the Capitol,” the Kentucky Republican added.
It should make everyone extremely uncomfortable to have the Capitol fenced and guarded by 5,000 National Guard Troops two full months after the only significant event to have transpired. What happened to the land of the free and access to our lawmakers?
Maybe the Dems are afraid of a real insurrection as they purposefully alienate half of the American people and push through their progressive policies through backdoor tactics like reconciliation. It is not that far of a stretch as they march America towards socialism to adopt a socialist military stance towards its own people as well.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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