Governors prepare for worst, warn of long-term dangers to their capitols

“It’s going to take quite a while to turn back what’s been started here,” said Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D), who has participated in joint calls in recent days with other Midwestern governors about the possibility of fresh violence in the aftermath of last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol and an FBI warning about armed far-right extremists gathering across the country this weekend…

“This is going to be a reclamation project, and it’s going to be on several fronts,” Walz said Wednesday. Although he and other governors have been focusing on the immediate physical threats — securing buildings and protecting state lawmakers — the longer-term challenge is convincing Americans to turn away from “the partisan and false propaganda that’s poisoning where we are at, and that’s going to take quite a while.”

On the same day the pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, Walz’s 14-year-old son was evacuated from the governor’s mansion after a group of armed protesters gathered to cheer on the events in Washington, with one speaker promising there would be “casualties,” before marching to the residence.

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