Thousands of National Guard Troops Kicked Out Of Capitol And Forced To Sleep In Parking Garage
The Capitol Police took another hit to its likability factor yesterday when it kicked the 5000 National Guard Soldiers remaining assigned to protect the Capitol out into the cold.
Just 24 hours after dozens of senators and congressmen walked among the troops, shaking hands and thanking them, Capitol Police decided to withdraw the welcome mat and push the Guardsmen from the floor of the Capitol cafeteria, with its heat, internet, power outlets, and restrooms, to mobile command centers. They were permitted to use the parking garage as a rest area.
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That’s one bathroom with two stalls, one power outlet, and no heat for the 5000 men and women being kept on duty for the display of force that many Americans believed to be an act of theatre.
Can the troops overcome the cold and the inhospitable actions? Of course. Many have deployed to combat zones and endured far worse. It’s part of what they signed up for. Should they have to, is the question. And according to the massive public outcry, the answer is a resounding “NO.”
Social media was aflame with outraged Americans.
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.— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) January 22, 2021
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
A video of newly elected Congressman Madison Cawthorn bringing hot pizzas to the troops took off, and ultimately both Democrat and Republican representatives succeeded in reversing the eviction.
Governors: Please recall your National Guard troops from Washington, D.C. Don’t let our troops be disrespected by the Democrats and the Biden Administration.