Black Lives Matter signs hang on a fence near the White House on November 1, 2020. Yegor Aleyev TASS through Getty Images
Tensions are high – in Washington, DC and the rest of the country – ahead of what is expected to be extremely partisan elections, which could take several days to determine a result.
Two hundred and fifty national guardsmen were also expected Tuesday before election day, according to Bennett. They report to the Washington, DC metropolitan police.
There have already been clashes between Republicans and Democrats across the country, and businesses have begun to raise their windows in anticipation of possible violence.
A federal law enforcement source told Bennett that crews will build a “non-scalable” fence “Monday” to ensure [White House] complex, Ellipse and Lafayette Square, “Bennett wrote on Twitter late Sunday.
Lafayette Square and Ellipse are the immediate north and south parks of the White House. The three spaces occupy more than 70 acres in total.
A federal law enforcement source told NBC News that the fence will cover the White House complex and Lafayette and Ellipse Markets, as marked here. Google Street View
Bennett also reported that 250 national guards were put on hold in Washington, DC, and reports to the city’s subway police.
Tuesday’s election day seems to be busier than usual with far-right groups threatening to go to the polls armed, and law enforcement agencies in several cities planning riots and possible collisions on the street.
There were also stores in big cities like New York and Washington, DC raising his windows in anticipation of possible violence on election day.
President Donald Trump has been criticized for failing, in his first presidential debate with Democratic opponent Joe Biden, to condemn far-right groups such as Proud Boys and tell them instead to “Sit back and stand.” Trump later claimed he was unfamiliar with the group.
There have already been eruptions between Republicans and Democrats across the country. In Topeka, Kansas, on Saturday, police said a man shot three people he believed stole Trump’s signs from the lawn, according to Topeka Capital Journal.
Trump’s supporters took part in caravans across the country over the weekend, even stopping traffic on Mario Cuomo Bridge in New York State.
A man on a bicycle in New York boarded the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue on November 1, 2020. Timothy A. Clary / AFP through Getty Images
Elections have been amplified by the coronavirus pandemic, prompting many to vote earlier this year registration numbers.
And since many states will not start opening ballots for absentees or by mail until election day, it is likely that it could take several days to find out the winner, putting the country even more on the sidelines while waiting for a result.
Last week, International Crisis Group, a threat tracking organization published a 30-page report saying the Americans were facing an “unknown danger” in the coming days.
“While Americans have become accustomed to a certain level of resentment in these four-year campaigns, they have not faced, in vivid memory, the realistic prospect that the incumbent may reject the outcome or that armed violence may result,” the group wrote. .
When contacted on Monday for comments, the White House sent Business Insider to the Secret Service. Neither the Secret Service nor the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department responded to requests for comment.
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