UPDATED 8:45 AM PT – Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The White House has been preparing for potential unrest ahead of Election Day. Senior officials told reporters that crews worked to secure the complex over concerns of election-related violence and unrest by building a non-scalable fence around the property.
The fence surrounds the Ellipse and Lafayette Square.
On Election Day, a new security fence has been installed to create an expanded perimeter around the White House pic.twitter.com/n4LC6L7zx3
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) November 3, 2020
The move is similar to when the administration set up a barricade fence in the same area back in June, when ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters set fire to Saint John’s church across the street.
Meanwhile, 250 national guardsmen have been put on stand-by and will report to the DC Metropolitan Police.