From New York and DC to Los Angeles and San Francisco, businesses in American cities are boarding up their windows in advance of election-night returns.
What started in Washington, D.C. with the boarding up of businesses located near the White House spread to other major cities across the nation.
The entire neighborhood surrounding the White House is preparing for mass unrest: boards, chains, fences, and barriers. This is insane. pic.twitter.com/baXj3RD2Cf
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) October 30, 2020
Luxury shops in DC are boarding up in anticipation of the election. pic.twitter.com/3VMVkvoMsG
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) October 29, 2020
At the opposite end of the country, Fox LA’s Bill Melugin observed businesses in downtown LA, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica boarding their windows as well. He said many of these businesses experienced the impact of riots earlier this year.
Driving through downtown LA…so many businesses boarded up & in the process of boarding up. Same thing happening in Beverly Hills & Santa Monica in anticipation of election night. All 3 areas hit hard by looters & rioters during George Floyd unrest. pic.twitter.com/wxrfs3ErDN
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) October 30, 2020
In San Francisco, even the city’s tallest building, Salesforce Tower, tacked up plywood over its ground-floor doors and windows, San Francisco Chronicle’s Jessica Christian tweeted.
They’re boarding up everything, even Salesforce Tower pic.twitter.com/3SirSyRIw1
— Jessica Christian (@jachristian) October 30, 2020
“There is something uniquely heartbreaking about these scattered scenes of boarding-up four days before a presidential election—a feeling that, for people raised with a basic faith in the United States and democracy, seems utterly alien, a world knocked off its axis, Michael Schaffer with the Washingtonian wrote. “People board up for hurricanes and riots, for acts of God and acts of vandals. It’s fundamentally disorienting to find that citizens of the world’s oldest democracy are reduced to doing so in preparation for a quadrennial ritual dating back to 1788.”
Out my window looking at Union right near CHOP/CHAZ in Seattle, the boards have gone up all over the city pic.twitter.com/HDVUazKejR
— Will Waltz (@willwaltz) October 30, 2020
Elsewhere on the Eastern Seaboard, boards went up at the Prudential Center in Boston, Boston25 journalist Malini Basu tweeted.
— Malini Basu (@MaliniBasu_) October 29, 2020
On Thursday, Breitbart News reported a leaked document from a coalition of left-wing groups in Minnesota. The document details plans for post-election mass unrest when President Donald Trump wins re-election on Tuesday night.
In New York City, Blick posts signs on their plywood-covered windows advising customers they are still open.
Our neighbor, Blick is boarding up their storefronts today !! pic.twitter.com/f4mfK4IWIs
— Set Shop NYC (@SetShopNYC) October 28, 2020
Even strip-center businesses in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue are boarding up.
Not just local businesses in downtown core are boarding up. Multiple shops at Design Market plaza on 116th St by Whole Foods are boarding up as well.#bvue #wearebellevue #bellevueprotest #bellevuestrong pic.twitter.com/n24m5zsBCG
— Bellevue.com (@BellevueDotCom) October 24, 2020
And, down the coast in already riot-torn Portland, Oregon, many other businesses are boarded up in preparation “for any scenario in the wake of Tuesday’s #USElection,” GlobalBC journalist Sarah MacDonald tweeted.
Good morning from an eerily quiet #Portland, Oregon—one of the major American cities preparing for any scenario in the wake of Tuesday’s #USElection. We’ll be on the ground all week covering the latest developments in #Oregon for @GlobalNational, and all @globalnews platforms. pic.twitter.com/i3IjJINinp
— Sarah MacDonald (@smacdonald__) October 30, 2020
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