It seems the Dems in Washington are running scared as Joe Biden’s State of the Union address approaches.
First, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Capitol Police decide that they need to reinstall the fence erected shortly after the January 6 Capitol riots.
“In light of the upcoming State of the Union Address, and the possibility of demonstrations in the next couple of weeks, we have been working closely with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners on a security plan to prevent any disruption to the important work of Congress,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Thomas J. Manger said Sunday in a statement.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and in conjunction with the United States Secret Service, a plan has been approved to put up the inner-perimeter fence around the Capitol building for the State of the Union Address,” Manger said.
In addition to the fencing to protect the lawmakers from their constituents, fear of the American Freedom Convoy of truckers that was slated to hit DC over the weekend and into this week along with backlash from Biden’s scheduled report of his stunning first year in office.
Last Tuesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved requests for National Guard assistance made by District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police were approved Tuesday, according to a release from the District of Columbia National Guard.
In addition to the DC National Guard, a request for other states to send troops was sent out by the Pentagon.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis absolutely and unequivocally rejected this request.
“Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C.,” DeSantis said in a tweet. “I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union.”
DeSantis’ rejection was met with approval by some.
“This is the way. Shame on any governor participating in Pelosi’s and Biden’s political misuse of the National Guard this week,” tweeted Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY).
It all seems a bit over the top, especially considering the Freedom Convoy has not really materialized as expected with the “coincidental” easing of COVID-19 mandates.
There are sure to be people who come out to show their disdain for Biden given his gross unpopularity because of his complete mismanagement of the southern border, Afghanistan, the Ukraine-Russia war, China, shutting down the entire oil industry, COVID-19 mandates, etc. but violence by these protesters seems more like spin that reality. We’ll all find out tomorrow.