By WND. The barriers, National Guard troops and heightened police presence at the U.S. Capitol is meant to “send a signal” that Trump supporters are “dangerous” and “insurrectionists,” according to a prominent Republican senator.
“I think the fencing is remaining in place to send a signal — a narrative that 74 million voters who voted for President Trump are dangerous to our democracy, they’re all insurrectionists, and that’s simply not the case,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on the Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Johnson, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said it’s still unknown exactly what happened on Jan. 6 and who was responsible.
“And yet, we have these eight-foot-tall fences with concertina wire completely surrounding the Capitol,” he said.
“Obviously, leaders in Congress think walls and barriers work because they’ve surrounded the Capitol with them,” said Johnson, referring to Democrats’ opposition to the southern border wall. (Read more from “Senator: Troops and Wall at Capitol Are Message to ‘Dangerous’ Trump Voters” HERE)
Pentagon Reveals How Much It Will Cost to Keep Troops in DC Through March
By Washington Examiner. The National Guard presence in the capital, which once reached over 26,000 troops and will continue into the spring, will cost taxpayers nearly half a billion dollars, Pentagon officials said.
The Guard presence began with just 340 citizen-soldiers helping to direct traffic on Jan. 6, the day the Capitol was overrun by pro-Trump rioters. It quickly ramped up to include troops from all 50 states, three U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia following the violence, and those military personnel were helping lock down the city ahead of now-President Biden’s inauguration.
The Pentagon, for the first time, revealed Monday that the total cost of the deployment through March 15 will be $483 million, with $284 million stemming from personnel costs and $199 million from their operations. The figures were revealed following a question posed by the Washington Examiner. . .
The National Guard Bureau told the Washington Examiner that the Guard has been paying the bills with its appropriation of $19 billion for the current fiscal year. However, Guard officials intend to ask the Department of Defense for a reimbursement of the mission’s costs. (Read more from “Pentagon Reveals How Much It Will Cost to Keep Troops in DC Through March” HERE)