White House Barricading Itself in Advance of Election Night

Work crews Monday morning began erecting a “non-scalable” fence around the White House to create a large perimeter around the executive mansion in advance of Donald Trump’s planned election night gathering there.

The fence will be similar to the one that surrounded “the people’s house” this past summer during the social justice protests that followed the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

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In addition to surrounding the 18-acre White House complex it will encompass the Ellipse and Lafayette Square and extend down 15th Street to Constitution Avenue and then over to 17th Street. Lafayette Square, directly across from the White House, is a popular spot for protestors to gather but it has largely been off limits in the past several months.

Reports of the fortification of the White House grounds comes as Kayleigh McEnany confirmed Monday morning that Trump and his supporters plan to gather at the White House on election night. Again blurring the lines between her role as government employee press secretary and campaign spokesperson, McEnany said on Fox, “Yes, we will be together. We’ll be there at the White House in D.C.”

They originally had planned to host an election night party at Trump International hotel in D.C. just blocks from the White House, but those plans had to be scrapped after District Mayor Muriel Bowser objected. Hosting a gathering of more than 250 people is a violation of the city’s coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Those restrictions do not apply to the White House complex because it is federal property.

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