Is President Donald Trump building a wall around the White House before election day? NBC’s White House News correspondent Geoff Bennett reported on Sunday night that increased security measures were taken at the President’s residence on the Monday before Election Day. The measures include a “non-scalable” fence, which in theory would keep demonstrators away.
“The White House is sealed off: A federal police source told NBC that starting tomorrow crews will build a “non-scalable” fence to secure the WH complex, the Ellipse and Lafayette Square,” Bennett twittered. “250 National Guardsmen have been put on alert, reporting to Metro Police officers.”
The White House is on lockdown: A federal police source told NBC that starting tomorrow, crews will build a non-scalable fence to secure the WH complex, the Ellipse and Lafayette Square.
250 National Guardsmen have been put on alert, who will report to the metro police officers.
– Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) November 2, 2020
In addition, CNN reported that it was the same wall that was erected in front of the White House in the summer amidst protests. The fence “will run down 15th Street to Constitution Avenue and then across to 17th Street. The fence will then run to H Street and across Lafayette and then come down 15th Street,” the news magazine reported.
Twitter found the announcement equally predictable, but was also skeptical about whether or not the fence would actually work. Some also joked that Trump’s Border Wall was the inspiration for the plan.
Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette jokingly encouraged the White House Wall.
Build that wall. A wall that keeps people out keeps you in. Better than wondering where he is hiding in Russia. https://t.co/MISgk4xbKX
– Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) November 2, 2020
“Build this wall. A wall that keeps people out keeps you in. Better than wondering where in Russia he is hiding,” she said.
The former White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, seemed to doubt the White House plan. “If this is your strategy to keep the White House, it will not work. It’s the people’s house, not yours,” he said. “When the vote is over, you will leave the House. The people rule this country. Nobody governs it.”
If that’s your strategy to keep the White House, it won’t work. It’s the people’s house, not yours. When the vote is over, you will leave the House. The people rule this country. Nobody rules it. https://t.co/8zRa9cs9KB
– Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) November 2, 2020
Randi Mayem Singer, the screenwriter for Mrs. Doubtfire, made fun of how ridiculous the security plan seemed. “BREAKING: A guy who thinks he looks weak in a mask builds a fortress,” joked Singer.
BREAKING: A guy who thinks that wearing a mask makes him look weak is building a fortress. https://t.co/o0LOCjB3qx
– Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) November 2, 2020
Jon Cryer commented sarcastically: “The trump card is clearly a president who is trusted by the American people in his mandate,” wrote the actor.
Trump is clearly a president who is trusted by the American people in his mandate. https://t.co/ksvCqRtBDz
– Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) November 2, 2020
The US House candidate for Ohio, Shannon Freshour, asked: “Does he think this will keep him from being driven out on January 21, 2021 at 12:00 noon?
Does he believe this will keep him from being evicted on January 21, 2021 at 12:00 noon? https://t.co/D7xsB63LRY
– Shannon4OH (@ShannonFreshour) November 2, 2020
The writer Carrie La Seur interviewed the team responsible for the said wall. “Did they hire the same people who built the ‘impenetrable’ border wall?
Did they hire the same people who built the “impenetrable” border wall? https://t.co/5kyBotKE0m
– Carrie La Seur (@claseur) November 2, 2020
MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner compared the non-scalable wall to a Michael Bay film. “It has gone from a national crisis to a bad Michael Bay film. Trumpf is equally pathetic, absurd and scared to death,” wrote Kirschner. “His days are numbered. Then . . . . …justice.”
The national crisis has turned into a bad Michael Bay film. Trumpf is equally pathetic, absurd and scared to death. His days are numbered. Then . . . . justice.
– Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) November 2, 2020.