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Outrage After Photos Show National Guard Soldiers 'Forced' To Sleep In DC Parking Garage

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On Thursday, thousands of National Guardsmen were forced out of congressional grounds, and were photographed sleeping in parking garages in near-freezing temperatures.

The guardsmen were forced to endure the harsh conditions following the Democrats taking control of the federal government.

One 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.”

“All National Guard troops were told to vacate the Capitol and nearby congressional buildings on Thursday, and to set up mobile command centers outside or in nearby hotels, another Guardsman confirmed,” Politico wrote. “They were told to take their rest breaks during their 12-hour shifts outside and in parking garages, the person said.”

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“Speaker Pelosi personally met with the Secretary of the Army to demand 14,000 National Guard troops be deployed to the Capitol,” a source told The Daily Wire. “But there was no logistical plan provided by the Speaker’s office on where the service members would sleep.”

A number of lawmakers expressed their outrage and offered their offices to the National Guard.

“Simply unacceptable. You’re always welcome in my office,” Senator Joni Ernst tweeted. “As a former Iowa National Guard member, I know how hard it is to wear those boots. Thank you for your service everyday.”

“We should be grateful to the members of the National Guard who are here securing the Capitol,” Senator Marco Rubio stated. “I don’t know who ordered them to go sleep in a garage and can’t understand why they would do that. It needs to be reversed.”

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“This is unacceptable,” Senator Rick Scott wrote. “These men and women are serving our nation and should be treated with the respect they deserve. I have directed my team to help in any way we can, including offering our office space in D.C., to support these brave individuals in their mission.”

“We’ll get to the bottom of this and get it fixed. Congress is in session, but buildings are still closed to public, so there’s plenty of room for troops to take a break in them,” Senator Tom Cotton tweeted. “And with the inaugural over, we should start getting the Guardsmen back to their families, jobs, and communities anyway. The extreme security measures of the last couple weeks can be substantially reduced.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote: “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? They deserve to be treated with respect, and we deserve answers.”

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted: “If this is true, it’s outrageous. I will get to the bottom of this.”

“Unreal. I can’t believe that the same brave service members we’ve been asking to protect our Capitol and our Constitution these last two weeks would be unceremoniously ordered to vacate the building. I am demanding answers ASAP. They can use my office,” Senator Tammy Duckworth stated. “I meant ASAP when I said it. Just made a number of calls and have been informed Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight. I’ll keep checking to make sure they are.”

Sources: The Daily Wire