The White House on lockdown: A federal law enforcement source tells NBC that beginning tomorrow, crews will build a “non-scalable” fence to secure the WH complex, Ellipse and Lafayette Square.— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) November 2, 2020
250 National Guardsmen have been put on standby, reporting to Metro Police officials.
This shouldn’t be a surprise, given the mood of a heated and contested election has been increasingly set throughout 2020. We have condemned rioting that has been pushed as a legitimate tool of social change. Unfortunately, that same atmosphere of violence remains in the days leading up to election night.
Australian journalist Natalie Barr 7News’ Sunrise toured Washington DC:
“I just didn’t expect it to be this bad,” Barr said
“Shops, restaurants, cafes and government buildings right through the centre of D.C are all are being boarded up.”
“It feels like they’re boarding up for a hurricane.”
She later added that people are concerned there will be unrest regardless of how the election plays out. Sadly, this is probably a correct prediction. Those who have their mind set on violence are going to be violent. Either in protest, or in celebration.
Washington DC isn’t alone here. There are reports of business boarding up and preparing for riots in major cities across the country.
George Washington University in Washington DC sent out a rather concerning email to students according to USA Today:
“We suggest preparing for the Election Day period as you would for a hurricane or a snowstorm that would prevent you from going outside for several days to grab food or order takeout,” according to an email sent to students.
As if that wasn’t enough, reports are starting to surface on social media that indicate there’s about to be another toilet paper outage.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't go to the store and stress-buy a couple packs of toilet paper, paper towels, and hand soap today in preparation for what is almost definitely going to be a dumpster fire of a week.— Rachel *BadAnxietyDay* (@RachelJIsReal) November 2, 2020