WASHINGTON — Security shall be tightened for members of Congress whereas they journey after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol and harassed not less than three lawmakers at airports for not supporting an effort to overturn election outcomes.
The Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority and U.S. Air Marshals will enhance safety for congressional journey to and from Washington, in keeping with a memo obtained by NBC News.
The memo asks members of Congress to think about submitting plans to legislation enforcement officers to “ensure an increased security posture” at Washington Dulles, Ronald Reagan National and Baltimore/Washington airports.
Capitol Police shall be stationed on the airports by way of the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The memo was issued simply days after Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, and Mitt Romney, of Utah, have been heckled by Trump supporters whereas touring to their house states.
In a video posted on-line, a lady walked as much as Romney as he labored on a pc within the Salt Lake City airport and referred to him as a “disgusting shame,” The Associated Press reported.
In a separate incident at Reagan airport, Trump backers known as Graham “a traitor” for refusing to help claims that the presidential election “was rigged,” in keeping with a video posted to Twitter.
California’s Rep. Lou Correa, a Democrat, was additionally harassed this week at Dulles whereas ready to board a flight to Los Angeles, in keeping with his spokesperson.
“I was doing my job and fulfilling my constitutional duty of certifying the people’s choice for President—Joe Biden,” Correa said in a statement. “These folks clearly had a problem with that, and they got up in my face about it. But as my constituents know, I won’t back down from a fight and will always stand up for my community and our democracy.”
While touring, Congress members and their workers are suggested to “remain vigilant” and instantly report suspicious or uncommon exercise, the memo says.
Capitol Police and different legislation enforcement businesses have come below fierce criticism for not being higher ready for Wednesday’s violent incursion, prompting Chief Steven Sund to announce his resignation.
The riot ended within the deaths of a U.S. Capitol Police officer and a Trump supporter, and three different supporters died from medical emergencies.
Biden criticized what he described as a double normal between how legislation enforcement reacted to the pro-Trump mob versus the way it handled supporters of Black Lives Matter over the summer time.
“No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently from the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” he stated Thursday. “We all know that’s true. And it’s unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.”
Alex Moe reported from Washington and Alicia Victoria Lozano from Los Angeles.