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National Guard in front of the Capitol; Governors order National Guard

Several Republican governors order National Guard troops to return home after Democrats’ poor treatment of them.

Several governors are demanding that their states’ National Guard troops leave Washington, D.C., after allegations of mistreatment and a COVID-19 outbreak.

Last week, photos were released of hundreds of National Guard soldiers sleeping in parking garages in near-freezing temperatures. They apparently had been booted from the U.S. Capitol after Joe Biden’s inauguration. The Daily Wire reported that guard members were told that “they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are among those who ordered their National Guard soldiers to return home. In addition, governors Greg Gianforte and Chris Sununu of Montana and New Hampshire made similar announcements.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi originally ordered the National Guard to Washington, but Politico reported that there was no plan for handling logistics once the inauguration was over. Despite that, Democrats had suggested they wanted the guard members to remain in the capital, possibly through early March.

The Pentagon also vowed to vet the National Guard for extremist ties before the inauguration.

“This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard,” Governor Abbott tweeted. “I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.”

Our nation’s military deserves more than to be subjected to miserable conditions and mistreatment. Democrats’ mishandling of these soldiers’ presence in Washington is unacceptable. We should never allow these things to happen to people who sacrifice so much to serve and protect our nation.

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