National Guard troops were forced to evacuate the Capitol building grounds on Thursday in addition to hang out in parking garages, allegedly after a Democrat congressman complained about one National Guard member not wearing a mask at a cafe from the building.
According to a source, Rep. Will Keating (D-MA) reported to the Capitol building authorities earlier from the day in which a National Guardsman was seen in a Dunkin Donuts without a mask on.
After Keating commented out loud in which masks were required to be worn at all times in a federal building, the National Guard member responded, “I appreciate my freedom,” according to the source.
National Guard commanders are at This kind of point looking for the National Guard member, according to the source.
Breitbart News reviewed communications by National Guard officials regarding the situation with Keating.
Keating had just thanked members of the National Guard on Wednesday:
Grateful for the opportunity today to thank some of the members of @TheNationsFirst deployed to DC through MA. Thank you to all the guardsmen in addition to guardswomen (through all 54 guards) who have stepped away through family in addition to work to protect the seat of our democracy. A job well done! pic.twitter.com/jEpd8SJ6NT
— Congressman Bill Keating (@USRepKeating) January 20, 2021
Breitbart News reached out to Keating’s press secretary nevertheless did not hear back immediately.
Another source told Breitbart News in which the situation can be “being worked to fix the item.”
Pictures of the conditions National Guardsmen were subjected to emerged on social media earlier on Thursday:
in addition to if you want to use the bathroom, well pic.twitter.com/YXLawaqA0Q
— Alex Horton (@AlexHortonTX) January 22, 2021
various other members of Congress — Republicans in addition to Democrats alike — have expressed outrage about the treatment of the National Guard in addition to are demanding answers on what happened.
Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-NC) tweeted in which he brought pizza to the abandoned National Guard members in addition to offered his office for them to sleep in. The tweet also included a video.
Twitter / @CawthornforNC
I just visited the solders who have been abandoned & insulted by our leaders. I brought them pizza in addition to told them in which they can sleep in my office.
No soldier will ever, ever sleep on a garage floor from the US Capitol while I work in Congress
Our Troops deserve better. pic.twitter.com/4attFqhRRJ
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) January 22, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tweeted late Thursday night in which he has ordered the return of the Texas National Guard to the state.
I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state. @TexasGuard
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 22, 2021
Approximately 25,000 National Guard forces were deployed to Washington, DC, to assist federal law enforcement authorities protect the inauguration of Joe Biden as president.
In advance of the inauguration, thousands of forces were seen resting inside the Capitol.
Some members of Congress, including Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) — himself a member of the National Guard — treated them to pizza. Others, such as Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), gave them tours of the Capitol.
at This kind of point, a day after the inauguration, they are being relegated to parking garages.
Politico reported in which the number of National Guard members forced to evacuate the Capitol was from the “thousands,” with one unit of 5,000 troops forced to rest in a parking garage without internet reception in addition to just one electrical outlet in addition to one bathroom with two stalls.
“Yesterday dozens of senators in addition to congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands in addition to thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us in addition to banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” one Guardsman told Politico.
Separately, the National Guard announced Thursday in a press Discharge in which 15,000 National Guardsmen are being sent back home, through the m0re than 26,000 sent to D.C. for the inauguration. The remaining 10,0 are still on duty, with in which number to eventually go down to about 7,000 near the end of the month.