Transcript for Pennsylvania Lt. Governor speaks about heightened security in the state
Thank you. Let's head to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The state capital there also under heightened security. Joining us now is Pennsylvania lieutenant governor John Fetterman. Mr. Fetterman, good morning to you. It's good to have you. I want to start with what we mentioned in the report. We know that Pennsylvania, the state capital, others across the country are planning for the potential of armed protests starting this weekend. What are you expecting, and are you aware of any specific threats in your state? No. I'm not aware of any specific threats to be clear, but my -- my office's balcony in the state capital was featured in your montage there. You can actually see where my office is, and there have been many, many protests over the last couple of months just right there under the steps here in our capil, and the governor -- my governor shut down the capital complex so it's not even open to the public or anybody at this point. We are not anticipating any specific -- there it is. There's my office right there. We're not anticipating any specific kinds of threats, but we are taking every precaution to make sure that these protests are honoring their constitutionally guaranteed right to peacefully assemble and demonstrate. Especially given what Pennsylvania about through since the election. We've learned in the days after the capital siege just how woefully unprepared law enforcement was. What extra security measures are now being put in place in your capital? Sure. I can speak directly to Harrisburg. The Tuesday before the capitol uprising in D.C., I was in my office, and there was a large protest right there where that image you were just showing and we didn't have any specific security. It was a usual day, and it would have never occurred to me those protesters would have done what they ultimately did in D.C. I returned this past Tuesday, and we had national guardsmen with automatic weapons, and it was a much different, much more secure situation. So I know that we are prepared, and I heard governor Edwards said we are not overreacting or underreacting. I want to make it clear that we want you to protest in a manner that is constitutionally guaranteed, but not in a manner that would result in the loss of life, violence or destruction of property. Do you believe president trump still has the power to reduce this threat of violence? If he were to come out and publicly acknowledge he lost the state of Pennsylvania, lost the election to Joe Biden, how much of a difference do you think that would make at this point? It would be huge. It would be impossible to overstate what that would be. You just ran interview clips where the protester said, I feel like I did nothing wrong. I was just doing what the president asked me to do. I'm following my president. That's the familiar refrain, and the leadership here, you know, these individuals stormed our capitol based on what they believe that their president wanted them to do. So for him to just turn around and would say, we lost Pennsylvania, Joe Biden will be our next president, I think it would go a long way for this to eck -- extinguish any last embers of surviving insurgency. A lot of anxiety in the days to come. Lieutenant governor Fetterman, thank you for your time this we appreciate it. Thank you for having me.
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