Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went on an extended whinefest on Wednesday, complaining that the new security measures at the U.S. Capitol make it feel as if the building is located in Kabul, Afghanistan.
During a press conference, McConnell told reporters:
“We’ve overdone it. I’m extremely uncomfortable with the fact that my constituents can’t come to the Capitol. There’s all this razor wire around the complex. It reminds me of my last visit to Kabul.”
Seconds later, however, McConnell admitted that the Jan. 6 insurrection by supporters of former President Donald Trump at the Capitol did indeed merit a change in security:
“Do we need some changes? We probably do. It looks terrible to have the beacon of our democracy surrounded by razor wire.”
McConnell’s remarks came just a day after the Pentagon announced it would be leaving thousands of National Guard troops on Capitol Hill at the request of Capitol Police. At least 2,000 troops will remain stationed in the area for the time being.
What McConnell neglected to say is that the reason for the increased security measures is due to former President Donald Trump’s remarks on Jan. 6 that led to the riots which killed five people, including a Capitol Police officer.
Though McConnell later blamed Trump for inciting the crowd, he failed to mention that some GOP members of Congress were allegedly in direct contact with the insurrectionists, providing updates on the location of Democratic lawmakers, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
According to Politico, Pelosi made it clear that she is leaving any decision on retaining National Guard forces at the Capitol to security professionals:
“She has also commissioned an outside security review led by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré that earlier this week recommended installing a retractable fence, more integrated security cameras and a slew of other protective measures to guard against potential future security threats.
“In addition, Honoré suggested establishing a citywide ‘quick reaction force’ that could be ramped up should the Capitol or other government facilities face a similar threat in the future.”
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