“Garage kept” can be great for classic cars – but for members of the National Guard it can be outrageous.
Reports of shabby treatment of National Guard soldiers in the US Capitol on Thursday sparked bipartisan outrage – with the Texas government – between lawmakers and other officials. Greg Abbott called his state guard members to return home.
Thousands of National Guard soldiers from several states were stationed in the US Capitol to protect President Biden’s inauguration against threats of violence following the riots on Wednesday 6 January.
Pictures of the guard members sleeping on the marble floor of the Capitol quickly went viral – until later they found the throne. Then came another insult on Thursday: according to reports, the guard members were suddenly asked to take their break time inside a parking garage inside the Capitol.
The guardsmen, who were resting within the Capitol amid a 12-hour shift, were taken to a nearby parking garage, where photographs obtained by POLITICO and other outlets appeared to crowd together on the ground – some with cement poles. Rested his head against.
As of Thursday evening, Abbott was among those who had seen clearly enough.
The Republican governor wrote, quoting Major General Tracy Norris of the Texas National Guard, “I have instructed General Norris to order the Texas National Guard to be repatriated to our state.”
Abbott had previously objected to reports that members of the guard were being “vetoed” over concerns about a possible “inside” attack during the Biden inauguration.
More displeasure came on Thursday from both Republicans and Democrats, other lawmakers and officials.
Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. Tweeted about reports from the parking garage, “If it’s true, it’s outrageous. I need to get to the bottom of it.”
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US Rape Elise Stefanik, RN.Y. Tweeted, “This is absolutely unacceptable and vile behavior for our brave and dedicated National Guard, who answered the call for service. We now need to ask for answers and fix it immediately.”
Sen. Kirsten Sinima, D-Arries, called the treatment of the guard members “humiliating, embarrassing and incredibly humiliating”.
“We need it and we need answers on how it happened,” she tweeted.
Sinima was one of several lawmen who offered the guardsman access to his office and around 10:30 pm ET tweeted that the members welcomed everyone “back to the Capitol tonight. No more parking garages.”
CBS reporter Chris van Cleave reported early Friday that the National Guard said the military was out of the garage and would take its break from now in the Emantis Hall of the Capital Visitors Center. He included a video of soldiers leaving the garage.
Sen, Tammy Duckworth, D-Il. Confirmed that he had made several calls and informed that “the Capitol Police have apologized to the guards and will be allowed to withdraw tonight. I will keep checking them to make sure.”
Rape Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who also offered his office, confirmed that the guardsman was being allowed back to the Capitol and said the snack offer was “still standing.”
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A guardsman told POLITICO that dozens of lawmakers had taken photographs with him on the opening day, shaking his hand and thanking him for his service. He said, “Within 24 hours, they had no other use for us and sent us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.”
Politico reported that the unit, which uses the space in the Durksen Senate office building, was asked by the Capitol Police to relocate to the garage.
Politico reporter Natasha Bertrand tweeted, “After significant outrage, it seems that there is a movement going on right now to bring back guard members inside Capitol.”
Politico reporter Lara Seligman said a guard source told her that “all units in the Thurgood Marshall parking garage have been ordered to immediately move to the CVC.”
The US Capitol Police said in a statement on the report, “The United States Capitol Police has appreciated the integral support of the US National Guard in helping to secure the Capitol complex, and including the opening ceremony. The department is grateful. During this For their service and our strong partnership. “
It continued, “The department’s request for National Guard assistance included the number of specific personnel to allow the National Guard to provide at least 12 hours of off-campus rest time for soldiers, and understood that it Full-time deployment will be done. Their deployment. Recently, the department has requested changes to the troop program to allow for more off-campus rest time post-examination in 8-hour shifts. “
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Guardsmen have been using garages only for breaks between their long innings, and most recently hotel rooms for sleeping at night, Van Cleave Tweeted.
A spokesman for the National Guard told POLITICO, “As Congress is in session and foot traffic has increased and business is being conducted, the Capitol Police told the troops to move their rest area. They are temporary. Heat and in the garage of the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center. Toilet facilities. We remain an agile and flexible force to provide the safety and security of the Capitol and its surrounding areas. The Guard is reviewing the request so that logistics and Schedules can be adjusted. “
The National Guard did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.