What you are looking at, pilgrims, is a view up 16th St NW from K Street to the White House. You can see the steeple of St. John's Episcopal Church on the left at the end with Lafayette Park and the White House beyond.
The Democrats are seeking to bring 1 million of their flock (protestors, anarchists and antifa+) to Washington this weekend.
Muriel Bowser, (mayor of the autonomous city of Washington) has sent an official letter to Trump requesting the removal of all federal military and security forces from the city. What the basis for that might be escapes me. The District of Columbia is not a state. It is an administrative convenience for the federal government. It never had an elected government until 1973. That change in government encouraged by LBJ caused what was called the "run for the bridges."
IMO what Bowser has done on 16th Street today is create a clearly marked assembly area for a very large mob. It is two blocks long and aimed squarely at the White House.
IMO the response should be to bring a rifle company of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) from Ft. Myer or Ft. McNair (divided garrison) and position it on the White House lawn with a big pile of ammunition to await any breach by Bowser's Army. The rest of 3rd Infantry and the marines at 8th and I can wait in reserve.
But can we be sure that Esper and Milley will defend the White House?
Let the die be cast. pl