Donald Trump is finally, kinda-sorta getting his “big, beautiful wall”—not along the southern border, mind you, but around the White House. Like much of the wall he made a symbol of his xenophobic presidential campaign in 2016, this barrier is actually fencing reinforcing what was already there. But the fencing authorities installed around the White House is taller than what had surrounded the complex before, designed to keep at bay the protesters who prompted the president to retreat into an underground bunker last weekend.
The new fortification—which a Secret Service source told Fox News is “standard anti-riot fencing and ranges from seven feet to more than nine feet high”—comes amid days of largely peaceful protests outside the White House. On Friday, after some of those demonstrating against systemic racism and police brutality breached temporary fences near the White House, Trump and his family were whisked into a secure bunker—a sore spot for the president, who has spent days now trying to convince everyone that he wasn’t rattled by the episode and that he’s actually super brave. On Monday, he more or less declared war on protesters in the Rose Garden and made a show of walking off the White House grounds to a historic church that had been damaged in the demonstrations. But the tough-guy act was undermined by the fact that he used chemical agents and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters to clear the way for the stunt. Foiled in his initial attempt to save face, he tried a new tack on Wednesday: Claiming, hilariously, that he had actually only gone down to the bunker for an “inspection” of the space.
While the president is attempting to project a lack of concern about the protests, the escalation in security precautions suggest otherwise. Images of the additional fencing, along with concrete barriers, began circulating in the media Thursday morning:
One can only hope it is stronger than Trump’s other barrier, a portion of which was toppled by a gust of wind earlier this year.
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