Photos and video have emerged of thousands of National Guardsmen in D.C. forced to sleep OUTSIDE and in a parking Garage near the Capitol building after a Democratic lawmaker complained that ONE guardsmen was not wearing a face mask.
It appears that this is the reward for protecting Democratic lawmakers:
Around 5000 guardsmen were forced to sleep in the garage with just one toilet.
According to reports, the soldiers do have hotel rooms in the city, but their strict shift pattern means they means returning there during rest breaks is out of the question.
Reports further indicate that it was Rep. Will Keating (D-MA) who complained to Capitol authorities that a Guardsmen wasn’t wearing a mask, and had said to Keating “I appreciate my freedom.”
Keating yesterday tweeted pictures with guardsmen, thanking them for their protection, yet it seems that his complaints effectively banished hundreds of the soldiers to sleeping rough.
Grateful for the opportunity today to thank some of the members of @TheNationsFirst deployed to DC from MA. Thank you to all the guardsmen and guardswomen (from all 54 guards) who have stepped away from family and work to protect the seat of our democracy. A job well done! pic.twitter.com/jEpd8SJ6NT
— Congressman Bill Keating (@USRepKeating) January 20, 2021
Meanwhile, Joe Biden and his family were not wearing masks, even after he signed an executive order mandating it.
Peter Doocy just asked Press Sec Jen Psaki why Joe Biden was maskless at the Lincoln memorial just hours after signing an executive order requiring masks on federal property.
Psaki hesitated, beat around the bush, then said “we have bigger issues to worry about.”
— Caleb Hull (I’m With the CCP Don’t Ban Me) (@CalebJHull) January 21, 2021
“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,” one Guardsman told Politico.
Another guardsman told CNN “After everything went seamlessly, we were deemed useless and banished to a corner of a parking garage.”
Another told Task & Purpose “Leaving our families for the last two weeks to come down here.