Sen. Roy Blunt says keeping Capitol fencing up would be ‘a mistake’

Sen. Roy Blunt says keeping Capitol fencing up would be ‘a mistake’


It would be “a mistake” to keep the fencing up around the US Capitol — even after the deadly attack on Friday, a top Senate Republican said Sunday.

Speaking to ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) was asked if the barricades currently surrounding the complex should still be taken down.

“I think the permanent fencing should come down. I don’t think it does the job. In fact, the fencing was right there when the car drove through,” the Missouri senator, who announced his retirement last month, told the network.

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“Actually, fencing can create a false sense of security on a daily basis,” he added.

The 71-year-old lawmaker went on to say that he did support having temporary fencing around the Capitol on special occasions, as Capitol Police have previously done for inaugurations.

“The message we send is the wrong message. Frankly, we’re probably preparing for the wrong thing. The idea that what happens next at Capitol will be

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