Republicans Sound Alarm

( – In the face of mounting leftist demonstrations across the country, Republican lawmakers are sounding the alarm about potential security issues at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

According to some sources, the U.S. Secret Service has not made any adjustments yet despite the lawmakers’ worries.

Republican National Committee counsel Todd R. Steggerda expressed significant safety concerns in an April letter to Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle.

He highlighted a “critical flaw” in the security plan related to the placement of the First Amendment zone for demonstrations at Père Marquette Park, alarmingly close to major convention venues like the Fiserv Forum and UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

“The City’s current plan would pack demonstrators into a one-block park — a park bordered by the two streets that thousands of peaceful attendees will be using to access the Convention site,” Steggerda detailed in the letter.

He detailed that this proximity could lead to unavoidable and potentially dangerous interactions between demonstrators and attendees.

The convention is expected to attract over 50,000 participants, including high-profile figures and delegates who will witness President Trump accept the GOP nomination.

Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and other GOP leaders like Florida Senator Rick Scott and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have personally conveyed their security concerns to the Secret Service.

In particular, McConnell highlighted the potential for conflict in a May 10 letter to emphasize that such a scenario could be prevented.

Despite these concerns, lawmakers are frustrated over the Secret Service’s stubborn stance.

“I appreciate what they do and I don’t doubt their sincerity, but [Cheatle] is talking about the fact that they base their assessment on certain criteria and they made their assessment and now they can’t change it,” Johnson explained while questioning the situation.

Both McConnell and Johnson stressed the importance of respecting First Amendment rights while ensuring the safety of those attending the convention.

Johnson said he hoped the convention could reflect positively on Milwaukee and Wisconsin and stated he desired to avoid any violent incidents.

Meanwhile, the Secret Service’s chief of communications Anthony Guglielmi assured that their plan is designed to “ensure the highest level of security, while minimizing impacts to the public.”

The Republican National Convention is scheduled from July 15 to July 18.

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