It has been more than two months since the unfortunate events at the Capitol. On January 6, protesting and rioting spun out of control and ever since, D.C. has been on high alert.
But many Republicans question the need for the enhanced security now, and accuse Democrats of simply playing politics at this point.
Now, 17 GOP members demand answers from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
They want to know why a large contingent of National Guard members still defend the Capitol, as it seems unlikely that more violence will break out in the near future.
They also don’t see the need for the fencing around the Capitol, either, which has remained in place for the last two months as well.
Overall, the letter accuses Pelosi of keeping the ramped-up security purely for political reasons. They also want to know when D.C. will stop feeling like a military zone and return to normal.
The GOP views this as a political and PR stunt, and there’s no valid reason to maintain such a level of security.
From Fox News:
The letter was organized by Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., who told Fox News the security fencing is ‘overkill’ and he believes the extraordinary security measures remain up ‘for political reasons and not really safety reasons.’
Gimenez calls on Pelosi to lower their security measures, and further accuses Democrats of sending a certain message about Republicans and right-wing citizens.
He believes the only reason the National Guard and fencing remains is to show the country they’re “afraid” of Conservatives.
As for the whether or not the Capitol should be defended from Republicans, Gimenez says “nothing could be further from the truth,” and “the party is about law and law-abiding citizens.”
A response from Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill might’ve proved Gimenez’s point, too.
He said they “don’t need any lectures on security from House Republicans who fanned the flames of these insurrectionists.” Basically, he’s saying anybody who votes Republican can still be a threat.
This is precisely the message the GOP has been fighting against for months.
And yet, it has been reported that about 1,700 National Guard members will remain at the Capitol. That’s less than the 5,000 that were initially deployed, but it’s still a considerable force.
Pelosi has been under fire for her security demands since the riots. And now Republicans say it’s time to ease up.
On top of that, they’re sick of being branded “insurrectionists,” as it damages the reputation of the party, and they don’t believe it’s a realistic view of the everyday Conservative.
- 17 GOP members sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking her to remove the amped-up security measures at the Capitol.
- Republicans claim it’s not about security anymore — they say it’s just a political stunt.
- The GOP says Democrats are constantly sending the message that D.C. needs to be defended against right-wing individuals.
Source: Fox News