‘So, walls work?’ Calls to reinforce and make Capitol fencing permanent sparks hot Hill debate

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The same Democrats who virulently opposed former President Donald Trump’s efforts to construct a wall/fence along the southern U.S. border on the false grounds that it’d be “immoral” and that it’d do nothing to stop the flow of illegal aliens have, it turns out, been benefiting from the protection of a fence/wall that was erected around the Capitol.

The seven-foot-tall fence was installed after the Jan. 6th riots, and according to reports, it may soon become a permanent fixture in Washington, D.C.



In a statement Thursday, acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman called for the fencing to be made “permanent … to ensure the safety and security of” Congress.

“[E]ven before September 11, 2001, security experts argued that more needed to be done to protect the U.S. Capitol. In fact, a 2006 security assessment specifically recommended the installation of a permanent perimeter fence around the Capitol,” Pittman said.

“In light of recent events, I can unequivocally say that vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanent fencing, and the availability of ready, back-up forces in close proximity to the Capitol.”

The statement provoked widespread backlash, with the most common complaint being an observation of how the elite seem to think “walls work” only when it comes to protecting them but not so much when it comes to protecting everyday Americans.

Look:

Notice how some of the criticism was aimed at Democrats.

To be fair, several high-profile Democrats have voiced their staunch opposition to the prospect of permanent fencing around the U.S. Capitol — though, conversely, they’ve expressed support for the fencing to remain for the time being.

Take D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat who in tweets Thursday wrote that she opposes “extra troops or permanent fencing as a long-term fixture,” but is OK with both for the time being.

Why? Because of ginned-up fears that former President Donald Trump’s trial will somehow trigger a veritable redo of the Jan. 6th Capitol riot.

Look:

Surprisingly, even House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, one of the masterminds of a new “domestic war on terror,” opposes permanent fencing.

“Many of us I think in Congress would frankly be very reluctant to see that permanent barrier between the representatives and the people. It may be necessary for some time, but I sure hope it’s not permanent,” he said Thursday evening on CNN.

“I hope that we’re going through a really dark period in our history but that we can get beyond it and not have to, you know, do our government work behind the barricades,” he said. “It’s just awful to see the necessary presence of so many troops, National Guard troops, guarding the nation’s capitol. I just would never have imagined that would be necessary and I hope that it won’t be necessary indefinitely.”

Fair enough.

Listen:

One Democrat who hasn’t yet spoken out in favor or against permanent fencing is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was one of the loudest critics of former President Trump’s border wall/fencing proposal.

Instead she’s been busy smearing her Republican colleagues in Congress by claiming that they’re white supremacists and that they want to kill her.

In reality, they’re likely worried about her trying to kill their brain cells, but that’s neither here nor there.

Meanwhile, Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican, has joined the growing chorus of legislators who think a wall/fence around the People’s House is a bad idea.

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