GOP members want Natl Guard to go home, new theory about Capitol riots

GOP members want Natl Guard to go home, new theory about Capitol riots

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 17: Virginia National Guard soldiers on the east front of the U.S. Capitol on January 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:35 PM PT – Sunday, January 24, 2021

Several governors are calling their National Guard troops to return home after being stationed in Washington D.C.

On Friday, governors from New Hampshire, Florida, Montana and Texas gave orders to pull their guardsmen and women out of the U.S. Capitol after reports emerged that troops were being forced to take their breaks in parking garages.

Roughly 20,000 troops from a number of states were deployed to D.C. to secure the city during the week of the inauguration. However, in recent days, Democrats have come under immense backlash after the poor treatment of National Guard troops came to light.

Because of this, a number of Republican lawmakers are firing off.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called it “shameful,” especially when troops are there to protect lawmakers.

McCarthy blamed Democrats for kicking out the troops, citing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s’ previous comments on the National Guard. He added the troops “deserve to be treated with respect and we deserve answers.”

Additionally, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) weighed in on the excessive National Guard presence in the nation’s capital.

Waltz, who also serves as a National Guard Colonel, said he would like to see the justification for having “five times” as many troops in D.C. as we do in Afghanistan and Iraq. The GOP representative even went as far as to accuse House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of using the National Guard as a private police force.

Waltz pointed out that for many of these troops, this isn’t their day job as they have small businesses, jobs and families they have to be away from while stationed on Capitol Hill.

In the meantime, new theories about the January 6 Capitol riots continue to emerge.

Stanford researcher and inventor Jovan Hutton Pulitzer shared a video on Facebook, which suggested the attack on the Capital was orchestrated by insiders.

Pulitzer said despite those saying the siege was not planned, he believes it was in the works for months. He added that insiders worked on the plan and even had people on the ground to direct the bad actors.

In the meantime, despite the demanded removal of some state guardsmen, 7,000 are expected to stay at the Capitol through the first week of February and possibly into March.

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