“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service.”
National Guard members called to Washington, DC, to protect Joe Biden’s virtual inauguration this week were sent to sleep in a parking garage.
Photos of guardsmen lying on the cold cement floor spread on social media, sparking outrage.
They were moved into the Capitol once word got out.
Breaking: Thousands of National Guardsmen have been forced to vacate congressional grounds and are now sleeping outside and in parking garages with no heat and 1 bathroom.
“We feel incredibly betrayed”: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol https://t.co/Hsns8uvVr2
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 22, 2021
‘We feel incredibly betrayed’: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol
Thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back into the Capitol Thursday night, hours after U.S. Capitol Police officials ordered them to vacate the facilities, sending them outdoors or to nearby parking garages after two weeks pulling security duty after the deadly riot on Jan. 6.
One unit, which had been resting in the Dirksen Senate Office building, was abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday, according to one Guardsman. The group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops, the person said. Temperatures in Washington were in the low 40s by nightfall.
“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” the Guardsman said.
This is just sickening:
MILITARY SOURCE IN DC:
“For the last week my battalion has been sleeping on the floor in the Senate cafeteria. Today the Senate kicked us out & moved us to a cold parking garage.
1 power outlet.
This is how Joe Biden’s America treats solders.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 22, 2021
Here’s a video from the parking garage where 5,000 members of the National Guard who were guarding the Capitol are being forced to stay. pic.twitter.com/bREUxt1tRi
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 22, 2021
Just last week, Pelosi and other members of Congress were using these men for photo ops:
Nancy Pelosi thanks the National Guard for protecting the U.S. Capitol.
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) January 13, 2021
Now we get these stunning images:
Hundreds of Guardsmen are laying on the concrete of a Capitol garage. Few if any bathrooms can be found. One soldier was nearly hit by a car.
“I’ve never in my entire career felt like I’ve been booted onto the curb and told, ‘figure it out on your own.’” https://t.co/BmrIMZPUsr
— Alex Horton (@AlexHortonTX) January 22, 2021
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
We must have accountability for this disgraceful treatment. Separately, I met w/ Michigan National Guard and Air Guard tonight prior to their departure and am tracking other potential mobilization issues that will be vetted and investigated as appropriate. https://t.co/YsxckBqg2s
— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) January 22, 2021
NC Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn brought them pizza:
I just visited the solders who have been abandoned & insulted by our leaders. I brought them pizza and told them that they can sleep in my office.
No soldier will ever, ever sleep on a garage floor in the US Capitol while I work in Congress
Our Troops deserve better. pic.twitter.com/4attFqhRRJ
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) January 22, 2021
Texas Governor Greg Abbot ordered an immediate return of troops to his state:
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
Do I even need to ask how Democrats and the media would react if this had happened on Trump’s watch?
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