NBC News reported Saturday that thousands of demonstrators had lined the streets of Washington, D.C., in protest of alleged police brutality in light of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer last month — and the White House was braced for an attack.
“The White House has countermeasures in place,” the Washington Examiner reported ahead of the protests, which the Examiner said placed “President [Donald] Trump and the White House under siege and test[ed] his law-and-order message.”
Chaos in Washington
While none of the thousands of protesters breached the presidential residence on Saturday, that wasn’t for lack of rhetoric. A group called Refuse Fascism claimed in a statement Wednesday that “Trump has unleashed U.S. military police and threatened to call out the military nationwide to crush the righteous George Floyd protests against police murder,” the Examiner reported.
The organization’s statement went on to allege that President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are waging “fascist military war on the people.”
In response to threats of unrest, the Secret Service ordered that a security barrier be erected around the White House grounds early last week.
“These closures are in an effort to maintain the necessary security measures surrounding the White House complex, while also allowing for peaceful demonstration,” the Examiner quoted a Secret Service spokesperson as saying.
“The people’s house”
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who has often made headlines for her comments critical of Trump, was likewise critical of this move, telling reporters at a press conference, “Keep in mind that that’s the people’s house,” as The Hill reported.
According to the BBC, Bowser also demanded last week that National Guard troops and law enforcement personnel from outside the District of Columbia be removed from the city streets.
“I continue to be concerned that unidentified federal personnel patrolling the streets of Washington, D.C., post both safety and national security risks,” Bowser wrote in a letter to the president dated June 4. She went on:
The deployment of federal law enforcement personnel and equipment are inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing black Americans.
D.C. mayor disappoints activists
The mayor also caused controversy when she allowed a Washington intersection to be renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and had “Black Lives Matter” painted by muralists on a city street, as NBC noted; however, even those moves weren’t enough to satisfy some activists. On Friday, Black Lives Matter D.C. accused Bowser of engaging in “distraction.”
“This is performative and a distraction from her active counter organizing to our demands to decrease the police budget and invest in the community,” the group tweeted on Friday. “Black Lives Matter means defund the police.”
It certainly seems that leftists will never be satisfied — even by one of their own. President Trump would do well to keep up security at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.