By Duncan Smith
There are thousands of armed National Guard troops still in the nation’s capitol more than a month after Joe Biden was inaugurated.
The question is, why?
No one seems to know or, more correctly, whoever knows the answer doesn’t want to explain it.
This was evident during a Senate hearing on Tuesday in which one member, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), was shocked to learn that even the civilian law enforcement authorities in Washington, D.C., have no idea why those troops are still there.
Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott on Tuesday got no response from security and law enforcement officials when he asked why the National Guard is still deployed at the U.S Capitol complex roughly six weeks after the Jan. 6 riot — with no known credible security threat.
“Is that a no from everybody?” Scott asked after questioning three former congressional security officials and the acting chief of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department about the matter during the joint congressional hearing on the preparation and response to the riot.
“No one has any idea why we have the National Guard here?” Scott asked after a brief silence.
None of the witnesses had concrete reasons as to why the Guard continues to be deployed behind a roughly 7-foot-high, razor-wire topped fence. There are currently 5,000 National Guard troops around the Capitol.
Acting MDP Chief Robert J. Contee said he has not received any threat assessment connected to why Guard troops are still in the Capitol.
This is a problem. We do not need to have armed troops in our nation’s capital.
Someone knows why they are still there. That someone is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; she is in charge of security for the Capitol, so some enterprising young reporter who hasn’t been propagandized to worship all Democrats needs to ask her over and over again until she gives us an answer as to why she is keeping those troops deployed.
Best guess is this: Optics.
Her Democrat majority in Congress and the White House can’t keep pushing the lie that Trump’s 74 million supporters are ‘domestic terrorists’ without the optics of armed troops ‘protecting government.’
She also can’t push a new domestic terrorism bill without such optics.
Using our military as political props is bad enough.
Using them to gaslight the country into believing there is a real threat to the government so you can become a tyrant is despicable.
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