The U.S. Secret Service warned members of the media to evacuate the White House grounds on Monday as chaos erupted nearby, according to The Washington Times.
The alert came as a group of violent protesters attempted, without success, to tear down a statue and establish their own “autonomous zone” outside the president’s residence, as USA Today reported.
Press told to flee amid protest chaos
Earlier this month reports that President Donald Trump had been escorted to a bunker beneath the White House as anti-racism protests turned violent outside turned into anti-administration fodder for the mainstrea media.
But the combustible demonstrations have continued, and on Monday evening protesters declared a “Black House Autonomous Zone” outside of the White House in imitation of a now-defunct “autonomous zone” in Seattle and tried to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson. The monument itself is located in Lafayette Square, a scene of frequent unrest in recent weeks.
Protesters also spray painted “BHAZ” on St. John’s Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House, and as police clashed with protesters, the press were instructed to leave the area, as USA Today noted.
“On Monday evening, in response to the increasingly violent demonstrations in Lafayette Park, four members of the media were misdirected by the Secret Service to leave the White House grounds,” the Secret Service stated.
“The members of the press were rerouted to exits on the south side of the complex for their own safety,” the statement continued.
President Trump made it known the next day that this kind of lawlessness would not be tolerated in the nation’s capital, according to Fox News, but Twitter censored his tweet, claiming that the president was engaging in “abusive behavior.”
“There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President,” Trump tweeted. “If they try they will be met with serious force!”
Fox News reported that at least two protesters were arrested Monday night before the authorities cleared the area the next morning, as Trump threatened jail time for protesters who vandalize statues. Trump also said that “numerous” people had been arrested, boasting that the demonstrations were broken up “fast.”
This all comes as a spasm of violent unrest — supposedly having something to do with police brutality, racism, and the Confederacy — has developed into a pattern of vandalism and attempts to erase monuments to America’s greatest heroes, from George Washington to Teddy Roosevelt.
The mob is trying to send a message that they are in control, not the police and not the president. It is time to enforce the law and end this insanity.