Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer—why are American troops who are tasked with keeping security at the Capitol being forced to sleep in a parking lot?
They deserve to be treated with respect, and we deserve answers. pic.twitter.com/J0R2dRC8bM
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 22, 2021
Someone In The DC Capitol Police Needs To Be Fired!
But the sudden, and unprecedented military surge, which made Washington, DC look more like Fallujah, had no time to set up housing to accommodate such a large force.
But after Joe Biden’s inauguration day came and went without any of the public disturbances that the media spent a week hyperventilated about. or the criminality that America witnessed in 2017 when former President Donald Trump was sworn into office.
Somebody in the US Capitol Police decided it was high time they kicked these National Guardsmen to the curb.
The troops who for two weeks had suffered silently from shortages of restrooms, sockets to charge devices, exhaust fumes, overcrowding, and other issues.
Understandably, were left feeling humiliated, used, and betrayed by the very politicians they swore to protect.
One such soldier told Miltary News site Task & Purpose:
“It’s f**ked up because it just shows how politicians really feel about the National Guard.
Leaving our families for the last two weeks to come down here … it’s certainly important and historic, but the day after the inauguration you kick us literally to the curb? Come on, man.”
Another soldier interviewed by the Military Times half-heartedly joked: “The next time DC calls, we will let it go to voicemail,”
REPORT from the parking garage where National Guard troops were re-assigned to take breaks instead of the US Capitol. Good news is they are allowed back & are packing up here. We brought hot soup that we are giving as they get onto buses & will serve back at the Capitol as well! pic.twitter.com/yb2cUk1XLF
— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) January 22, 2021
Capitol Police Tells National Guard: Sorry, NOT Sorry
Hours after the story was first broken by Politico – and seemingly with quite a few phone calls involved.
the Capitol Police apologized to the Guardsmen and allowed them back into the Capitol Building.
“Because of the MASSIVE backlash over this, we are now being allowed back into the Senate building,” a soldier told Military Times. “We’re going to make a big show of marching back into the building.”
It remains unclear why the troops were kicked out from the Capitol in the first place, the incident has exposed the Capitol Police to fresh criticism.
Capitol Police leaders were already under fire due to their failure to anticipate the Capitol riot and dispatch enough troops to prevent rioters from breaking into the national legislature.
Chief Steven Sund resigned after the January 6 fiasco.
The National Guard issued a statement saying that it may take up to 10 days to complete the DC drawdown.