The lead up to the 2020 General election is unlike any election in modern American history, as businesses and law-abiding American citizens prepare to deal with the possibility of widespread civil unrest following Tuesday night’s results.
According to The Blaze, federal officials in charge of White House security began constructing an emergency non-scalable fence around the White House complex, including the Ellipse and Lafayette Square in anticipation of election night attacks. In addition, 250 National Guard soldiers are on standby if White House security needs backup.
NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett tweeted the report on Sunday that the White House was bolstering security for Tuesday night’s election results.
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.
250 National Guardsmen have been put on standby, reporting to Metro Police officials.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) November 2, 2020
CNN reported that the special non-scalable fence is the same type that the White House temporarily erected over the summer as hordes of demonstrators surrounded the White House complex in the wake of several police-involved shootings which sparked riots around the country.
DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Chris Rodriguez indicated to reporters that “we don’t have any specific or credible threats for [around] the election.” However, Rodriguez said that roughly six groups had requested permits to hold “First Amendment activities” on Tuesday.
As protocol dictates, the U.S. Secret Service declined to comment on the added security measures for election day, as they typically do not comment on security measures when it involves the president or the White House.
The Washington D.C. Metro Police Department has reportedly been working behind the scenes for nearly a year in preparation for unrest following the election, including working with agencies to deal with any air-based threats.
“If there’s no winner, you will see significant deployments of officers at all levels across the capital,” said Patrick Burke, executive director of the Washington, DC, Police Foundation. “Officers will get cancellations of days off, extensions of shifts and full deployments of officers across the city.”
Though many expect unrest if President Donald Trump wins on Tuesday night, it would still likely be a better outcome from a security standpoint to have a clear winner, as many expect that the levels of unrest could be unprecedented if America goes without a clear-cut winner for any length of time.