Democratic members of Congress are under fire after gruesome photos were released of National Guardsmen being forced to sleep in parking garages with minimal access to bathrooms.
“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?” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asked in a tweet. “They deserve to be treated with respect, and we deserve answers.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not yet put out a statement. However, her daughter, Christine Pelosi, tweeted back at McCarthy, saying, “Shhhh Don’s in Florida and off Twitter. You don’t have to rage tweet his deflections anymore. PS the Guard are out of the garage and back at the Capitol no thanks to you.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded to the report by saying that it was “outrageous” and he would “get to the bottom of this.”
“Speaker Pelosi personally met with the Secretary of the Army to demand 14,000 National Guard troops be deployed to the Capitol,” a source said. “But there was no logistical plan provided by the Speaker’s office on where the service members would sleep.”
National Guardsman gave the following statements to various news outlets:
- A National Guardsman told Politico: “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.”
- A National Guardsman told Task & Purpose: “It’s pissed a lot of dudes off. … It’s f***ed up because it just shows how politicians really feel about the National Guard.”
- A National Guardsman, who reportedly had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, told The Washington Post: “I’ve never in my entire career felt like I’ve been booted onto the curb and told, ‘Figure it out on your own.’”
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany emphasized a statement from Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN), who suggested during a CNN interview that members of National Guard could pose a security threat to Joe Biden.
“On Monday, a Democrat congressman said most of the National Guard likely voted for Trump and were therefore security threats,” McEnany wrote. “Last night, our National Guardsmen were banished to a parking garage. They are HEROES & deserve better than this!!!”
Combat veteran Sean Parnell said in a tweet, “The photo op is over. @JoeBiden used our troops as props. Administrations change. Career politicians don’t.”
Rep. Michelle Fischbach’s (R-MN) communications adviser Jake Schneider said, “This is happening in Nancy Pelosi’s House, Chuck Schumer’s Senate, and Joe Biden’s America.”
Travis Wines, a self-described “Trump supporting Democrat,” wrote, “Those of us that served when Biden was VP knew he didn’t care about the military.”
Attorney Matt Rooney said, “Kids in Cages: the Biden Administration Edition.”