Republicans Ask Secret Service For Tighter Security Measures

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( – On Sunday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) stated that he was pushing for the Secret Service to expand the Republican National Convention protest zone to block any possible conflict that might take place. 

In an interview on NewsNation’s “The Hill Sunday,” Johnson argued that the Secret Service had set up this plan, with their director claiming that they had the authority to do so, but arguing that they did not have the authority to change it. 

He proceeded to point out that they had set a protest zone that was around one block away from the convention center when the north entrances were connected to an uncontrolled park. He added that the park did not have any fencing surrounding him and that it was open to all kinds of mayhem which is a bit of concern that they need to address. 

Last week, Johnson also spoke to the Secret Service head and informed him about his concerns. On Sunday, he claimed that he would find it baffling if the agency did not decide to place additional protection in the area. He said they had seen the 2020 riots and they saw that there was an “inflamed situation.” He then alleged that people, including President Biden, were causing division and that he was hopeful that they would address the security concern. 

Last month, a letter from the Republican National Committee (RNC) was sent to the Secret Service outlining similar concerns. In the letter, there were also references to the pro-Palestinian protests that have erupted across the country. 

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