WASHINGTON — Safety will likely be tightened for members of Congress whereas they journey after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol and harassed a minimum of three lawmakers at airports for not supporting an effort to overturn election outcomes.
The Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority and U.S. Air Marshals will improve safety for congressional journey to and from Washington, in accordance with a memo obtained by NBC Information.
The memo asks members of Congress to think about submitting plans to regulation enforcement officers to “guarantee an elevated safety posture” at Washington Dulles, Ronald Reagan Nationwide and Baltimore/Washington airports.
Capitol Police will likely be stationed on the airports by means 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, had 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 Metropolis airport and referred to him as a “disgusting disgrace,” The Associated Press reported.
In a separate incident at Reagan airport, Trump backers referred to as Graham “a traitor” for refusing to help claims that the presidential election “was rigged,” in accordance 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 accordance with his spokesperson.
“I used to be doing my job and fulfilling my constitutional responsibility of certifying the folks’s selection for President—Joe Biden,” Correa mentioned in an announcement. “These of us clearly had an issue with that, they usually obtained up in my face about it. However as my constituents know, I gained’t again down from a struggle and can all the time get up for my neighborhood and our democracy.”
Whereas touring, Congress members and their employees are suggested to “stay vigilant” and instantly report suspicious or uncommon exercise, the memo says.
Capitol Police and different regulation enforcement companies have come underneath 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 regulation enforcement reacted to the pro-Trump mob versus the way it handled supporters of Black Lives Matter over the summer season.
“Nobody can inform me that if it had been a bunch of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they would not have been handled very, very otherwise from the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” he mentioned Thursday. “Everyone knows that is true. And it is unacceptable. Completely unacceptable.”
Alex Moe reported from Washington and Alicia Victoria Lozano from Los Angeles.