WASHINGTON D.C. – The situation intensified overnight Sunday into Monday as more than 40 Secret Service officers were hurt and fires set by rioters burned near the White House.
All of this happened in the same weekend that President Trump had to be rushed to a bunker for his safety. And on top of that, authorities worked overnight to search for car bombs throughout major cities.
Fox News reported intel from a senior official in the direct chain of command for defending Washington D.C.
— vladimir | BLM✊🏾 (@VladiPashov) June 1, 2020
He said many of the injuries to Secret Service came from rioters throwing bottles and Molotov cocktails in Lafayette Park, which is just across from the presidential residence.
Okay, but really. What the hell happened in Washington, DC between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.? Sure is odd that NO ONE tweeted from there during that time. And SINCE 6 a.m., everything seems to focus on what happened pre 1 a.m. #DCProtest #DCBlackout #IWannaKnow
— Scott Leffler (@scottleffler) June 1, 2020
From New York City to D.C. and elsewhere, it’s been observed that groups are planting cars filled with incendiary materials for future use, Fox News reports.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 1, 2020
In an unusual move, U.S. Marshals and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were deployed to the streets of D.C. this weekend.
— Jose (@JoseBorja73) June 1, 2020
The move was to beef up security alongside local police and Homeland Security agents, including the Secret Service, as confirmed by the Justice Department late Sunday. According to Fox News, U.S. Attorney for D.C. Mike Sherwin is heavily involved in the operation.
Washington DC burning today before the media blackout began pic.twitter.com/BZWGxnClmk
— The Red Planet ☭ (@MartianMarxist) June 1, 2020
Early Monday morning, Secret Service turned out lights that normally illuminate the exterior of the White House so Secret Service could switch to night-vision to monitor protestors.
Scary stuff at the White House. It went dark. Then red lights came on. Then — apparently — all data feeds were cut. No feeds, pics, msgs, tweets since midnight I believe.
What are they doing to the #DCProtests? Pray they’re ok!
— Invective (@veridicalsite) June 1, 2020
On top of that, the entire Washington, D.C. National Guard was activated to help with the response to protests outside the White House and elsewhere in the nation’s capital. That’s according to two Defense Department officials.
On Sunday, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser requested 500 DC Guardsman to assist local law enforcement.
#BREAKING: The entire Washington, DC National Guard is being called in to help with the response to protests outside the White House and elsewhere in the nation’s capital – @JimLaPorta https://t.co/obTpljtVnS
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) June 1, 2020
Later in the day, as riots escalated, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy ordered the rest of the Guardsman — roughly 1,200 soldiers — to report.
The parish house that’s part of the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church across the street from the White House was set on fire late Sunday.
It contains offices and areas used for gatherings.
The basement was also torched. That’s where they host childcare during church services. It had recently undergone renovations.
Antifa is burning down the historic St. John's Church by the White House. It's completely up in flames. pic.twitter.com/VI0A2PAVBV
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 1, 2020
According to the church, every president beginning with James Madison, “until the present,” has attended a service at the church. That’s where it got the nickname, “the church of presidents”, and services go all the way back to 1816.
This is the park where we protested yesterday. Quarter mile from my house. This is a very special disabled-kid-accessible playground. It’s not that old. Centerpiece of the West Side. Black & White kids play here every day. And it’s ashes now. I’m truly gutted. #Binghamton pic.twitter.com/bjdZ0YSMEp
— Rex Parker 🐈🐾☕️🐾🐈 (@rexparker) June 1, 2020
The day before, church leaders publicly said how grateful they were that the previous day of riots hadn’t seriously damaged the building.
“We are fortunate that the damage to the buildings is limited,” Rev. Rob Fisher, the rector of the church, said in a statement earlier Sunday, several hours before the fire was set.
The White House went dark, turning off almost all of its external lights, as protesters set fires nearby and thousands again defied curfews to demonstrate against police brutality. Smoke was seen rising near the Washington Monument. https://t.co/pmtsjrQp7l pic.twitter.com/0twHpsWjPk
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 1, 2020
Also near the White House, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) building was torched.
The AFL-CIO is the largest pro-union group in America.
The curfew began in D.C. at 11 p.m. An hour before, police fired a major barrage of tear gas stun grenades into the crowd of more than 1,000 people.
It looks like a war zone outside the White House pic.twitter.com/FRn1tC3KCP
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) June 1, 2020
That helped largely clear Lafayette Park, which is across the street from the White House. It also scattered rioters into the street.
Earlier today as protestors breached the permiter around the park outside the White House. One for the history books. pic.twitter.com/vjeYUeTHZj
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) June 1, 2020
Shortly after, protestors ripped down road signs and plastic barriers and used them to build a raging bonfire in the middle of H Street.
Terrorist group ANTIFA outside the White House lighting St. Johns Church on Fire and ripping down its American flag.
St. John’s was built in 1816 every president since Madison has worshiped there.
Abe Lincoln prayed in this building.
Send ANTIFA to GITMO!pic.twitter.com/iUfnZV9yhl
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 1, 2020
Some ripped down an American flag from a nearby building and threw it into the fire, which grew as others added branches from nearby trees.
Someone else torched a cinder block structure, on the north side of the park, which contained bathrooms and a maintenance office.
Also on Sunday, Twitter suspended the account of Antifa. That’s the left-wing group that Trump declared a terrorist organization earlier in the day.
The Twitter suspension came after Antifa warned members would be going into “white hoods” to “take what’s ours.”
All of this happened as the Secret Service took President Trump to the White House’s underground bunker on Friday night as rioting outside exploded.
As the Antifa threat grows, the Minnesota National Guard has been armed and is on high alert.
This is after the FBI reportedly warned of a ‘credible, lethal threat’.
Minnestota National Guard’s top general said his soldiers are armed after receiving FBI warning about “credible, lethal threat” against his forces
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) May 31, 2020
The National Guard’s top general requested military police units from out of state as a result of the threat. He has not requested active-duty forces yet.
Minnesota National Guard’s top general says he has requested military police units from other states, but has not requested active-duty forces yet
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) May 31, 2020
These threats reportedly came after officials worked to determine if extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country.
Definitely hope this doesn’t happen to your humvee pic.twitter.com/S4gw8T5OZX
— MOST VICIOUS PAWGS (@upsetterofchuds) May 29, 2020
Law enforcement is looking into if they deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence.
Just in: Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen says his soldiers are armed & "carrying ammunition" in their magazine pouches based on "a credible lethal threat" to Minn NG conveyed by the FBI on Thursday. Can be upgraded based on local conditions.
— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) May 31, 2020
To make matters worse, they’re investigating if foreign adversaries – such as Russia – were behind a growing disinformation campaign on social media.
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) May 30, 2020
On Saturday, an Antifa activist group put out a message that encouraged people to consider Minnesota National Guard troops “easy targets,” according to two Defense Department officials.
— John D. (@thinkthinkthin6) May 31, 2020
The activists were encouraged to steal “kit”, or the weapons and body armor used by the soldiers.
The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, reports one outlet.
Now, soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard have been armed during all missions at protests across the state.
The soldiers are sometimes – but not always – armed. Yet for the past few days, they haven’t been armed as they’ve moved into parts of the state taken over by riots.
In the state, the troops do not currently have the authority to make arrests, and are there to act essentially as extra security for police.
There are currently more than 4,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Minneapolis.
Hours after President Trump declared that he’ll be designating Antifa as a terror organization, they reportedly made the ultimate threat – we’re bringing the war to the suburbs.
Now authorities are on high alert.
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