Thousands of National Guard troops from all over our country came to Washington, D.C., over the past week or so to help protect and fortify the U.S. Capitol before, during, and after the presidential inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden. However, they were kicked out of appropriate accommodations by officials and left to take their rest breaks on the cold floors of parking garages, according to reports by Politico and others.
Look at the photos within this article, as posted on social media and elsewhere. These photos don’t lie.
Some of our bravest men and women—who dutifully left behind their own families to travel to D.C. and serve their country with dignity and excellence—can be seen sitting down and lying down on garage floors because they did not have other appropriate accommodations in which to rest.
“We feel incredibly betrayed,” said one troop member, as Politico reported.
Lawmakers and others—once these images began circulating—began calling for answers and for justice.
A number of governors also began recalling their troops home.
As of late Thursday night and early Friday morning, reports indicate the remaining Guardsmen now have been let back into Capitol Hill facilities.
There are also reports on Friday morning that President Donald J. Trump has given permission for National Guard troops to stay at his Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Many, many people have expressed their outrage on social media over the poor treatment of the men and women in uniform, who were simply trying to do their jobs as best they could.
Here is just a small selection of the commentary that’s been circulating. (Share your own thoughts, please, by weighing in on the CNJ Facebook page at this link.)
Here is input from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Here are comments shared last night by GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Here’s a tweet shared by Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah).
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) shared this note with followers.
Kayleigh McEnany, who served as press secretary in the Trump administration, shared these comments.
Here is additional outrage, commentary, and opinions from a range of other individuals, on both sides of the aisle, about what happened.
And from Scott Baio:
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This article was written by Maureen Mackey. She is a writer, editor, and digital content strategist in the New York City area.