Responding to Bad Optics Democrats Allow National Guard Troops Back Into Capitol After Evicting Them to a Cold Parking Garage
National Guard troops who were moved into the nation’s Capitol, pretty much for Democrat-created hyperbolic theater were “banished” to a small parking garage after doing their duty to protect Washington, DC, in the aftermath of the Capitol building riots, have been allowed back into the US Capitol.
On Thursday, the Guard said in a statement, “Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead, Inauguration Task Force Commander confirms that troops are out of the garage and back into the Capitol building as authorized by the USCP (U.S. Capitol Police) Watch Commander and the troops will take their breaks near Emancipation Hall going forward.”
Fox News reported that because of the disgusting way the troops were treated the governors of Florida, New Hampshire, and Texas decided they were recalling their Guard members and bringing them home.
Images of the troops sitting around the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage floating around the Internet brought some outrage from lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who called the move “outrageous.” I’m just wondering if Schumer suddenly became outraged after it was reported that Donald Trump gave the troops permission to stay at the DC Trump International Hotel, and the Democrats could not have that.
Since the Democrats fixed the optics hoping their blunder will go away, the Trump International Hotel is still allowing law enforcement to stay in the hotel.
Trump International Hotel in D.C. houses law enforcement this week.
Treatment of military and officers has been in the spotlight this week as news broke of National Guard troops being forced to sleep in a parking garage. pic.twitter.com/xsaxMFyj77
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 22, 2021
Yet some of the members of the National Guard when asked by reporters who put them in the garage situation said that they heard that “some senator” saw them inside the Capitol building and wanted to get rid of them because having military personnel there seemed unsightly.
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), an Iraq War veteran, said in a tweet: “Just made a number of calls and have been informed Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight. I’ll keep checking to make sure they are.”
I meant ASAP when I said it. Just made a number of calls and have been informed Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight. I’ll keep checking to make sure they are.
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 22, 2021
After midnight, she added: “Troops are now all out of the garage. Now I can go to bed.”
Capitol Police on Thursday had asked the National Guard to move their troops out of the building after they started using it to rest during their shifts to protect the very people who had them moved out, according to Major Matt Murphy a National Guard Bureau spokesman.
“As Congress is in session and increased foot traffic and business is being conducted, Capitol Police asked the troops to move their rest area,” Murphy said. “They were temporarily relocated to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage with heat and restroom facilities.”
According to Fox News on Friday, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman argued against that assertion.
“I want to assure everyone that, with the exception of specific times on Inauguration Day itself while the swearing-in ceremonies were underway, the United States Capitol police did not instruct the National Guard to vacate the Capitol Building facilities,” Pittman said.
“And on Inauguration Day, the Guard was notified and encouraged to reoccupy the spaces in the Capitol and CVC at 2 p.m.,” she continued.
Pittman then added, “It was brought to our attention early today that facility management with the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Office Building reached out directly to the National Guard to offer use of its facilities.”
A National Guard Bureau spokesperson on Friday said, “We remain an agile and flexible force to provide for the safety and security of the Capitol and its surrounding areas. Our troops are going to hotel rooms or other comfortable accommodations at the end of their shifts.” What else are they going to say?
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said he decided to bring his troops back home. The governor took to social media to make the announcement.
“Last night, I ordered our Adjutant General to bring Florida National Guard soldiers home from the National Capital Region.”
Last night, I ordered our Adjutant General to bring Florida National Guard soldiers home from the National Capital Region.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 22, 2021
DeSantis also said on “Fox & Friends” that the giant effort to protect the Capitol was a “half-cocked mission at this point” pointing out that the Democrats started doing background checks of National Guard troops over their political ideology ahead of the inauguration. They didn’t even wait for Biden to be sworn in before they started insulting the troops.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), who also had aired complaints about background checks for the troops and tweeted out his response to the insult.
“I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state. @TexasGuard”
I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state. @TexasGuard
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 22, 2021
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) has also said that he too is recalling his state’s National Guard.
“I’ve ordered the immediate return of all New Hampshire National Guard from Washington DC. They did an outstanding job serving our nation’s capital in a time of strife and should be graciously praised, not subject to substandard conditions. @NHNationalGuard“
I’ve ordered the immediate return of all New Hampshire National Guard from Washington DC. They did an outstanding job serving our nation’s capital in a time of strife and should be graciously praised, not subject to substandard conditions. @NHNationalGuard
— Chris Sununu (@GovChrisSununu) January 22, 2021
The Capitol Police gave a statement on Friday claiming that it “immensely appreciates” the National Guard’s assistance. Then why did they move them into a cold parking garage? Because they were told to, probably by a Sergeant at Arms, who was told by either Chuck Schumer (D-NY) or Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), because the Sergeant at Arms from both chambers of Congress report to the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader.
“The United States Capitol Police immensely appreciates the integral support of the U.S. National Guard in helping to secure the Capitol Complex leading up to, and including the Inaugural ceremony. The Department is grateful for their service and our strong partnership during this time,” it said.