McConnell Orders The Secret Service To Do What?

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( – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing for the Secret Service to ensure that protesters will be kept as far away as possible from the Republican National Convention, which is set to take place this summer in Milwaukee. As he has warned there could be a conflict if there is no change in the security perimeter. 

McConnel sent a letter to the U.S. Secret Service director Kimberly Cheatle on May 10, in which he argued that he was very concerned about the recent reports regarding the convention’s security perimeter which as he pointed out could create a preventable area of conflict between the delegates and convention attendees and the protesters. 

McConnell warned that everyone knows that this year has been particularly challenging because of the protests in the United States. He added that they all needed to seriously consider that the tensions were high and that they tried their best to ensure that the attendees were safe while also allowing people to express dissent. 

The Republican leader argued that he is a big supporter of the First Amendment rights to assemble and speak, but argued that this should occur in an appropriate manner, time, and place. As he pointed out, a major political convention is a particularly volatile situation, especially when it is taking place downtown in a large city, which is why it is imperative that they balance out the safety of the attendees with those activities. He added that it was also extremely important to give direction to the attendees of the convention regarding their safety. 

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