(PresidentialInsider.com)- Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson told Maria Bartiromo on Fox News on Sunday that the barricades and fences built by Democrats in Washington, D.C. are designed to be a warning to Trump voters.
“I think we ought to take that fencing down and return to as normal position as possible,” Johnson told Sunday Morning Futures.
The Republican Senator referenced the huge metal barriers erected around the Capitol Building and other government buildings throughout the nation’s capital. Many of the fences were erected for the January 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden, though some have even been fortified since, despite there being no apparent threat.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) February 7, 2021
Johnson said that he thinks that the fencing has remained in place “to send a signal.”
“A narrative that 74 million Americans that voted for President Trump are dangerous to our democracy. They are all insurrectionists and that’s simply not the case,” he added.
Johnson described how “eight-foot tall fences with concertina wire” were “completely surrounding the Capitol” and that the National Guard is understood to be remaining in the city at least until March.
The Republican Senator reminded viewers that the Capitol is the “people’s house” and that it should not be barricaded unless there are some real threats that they aren’t telling senators about. Instead, he suggested that it was simply an “attempt by Democrats to paint Republicans and Trump supporters with a broad brush, thinking that we’re all domestic terrorists.”
The comments come after groups of violent extremists, representing both left-wing and right-wing groups, stormed the Capitol Building on January 6 while Republican Senators were attempting to object to the certification of some Electoral College votes.
Many have speculated online that it makes little sense for Republicans to have wanted to disrupt the process as it was the only opportunity Republican legislators had to share their evidence of election misconduct and fraud.
Johnson also said that the federal government not being transparent about their reasoning for erecting the fencing and keeping it in place is “how rumors are spread” and “how conspiracy theories get spun out.”
.@PentagonPresSec says that estimated cost of the National guard deployment in DC will be $483 million through March 15th.
— Alex Emmons (@AlexEmmons) February 8, 2021
The cost of keeping the National Guard in D.C. is escalation. The Pentagon Press Secretary confirmed that the estimated cost of keeping military personnel in the nation’s capital is $483 million.