“Last year, when the National Guard deployed to D.C. around the inauguration, they were forced to sleep in freezing parking lots, all for a regime spectacle,” [Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’s press secretary said]. “Our dedicated, patriotic service members deserve better.”
Jan 21, 2021 Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage.” Roughly 25,000 National Guard troops were called to Washington, DC, from all 50 states to …
“That’s one reason those of us here in Congress feel that we need to get rid of all of the institutionalization and the celebration of these racist attitudes,” Clyburn said.
| February 28, 2022 09:09 PM
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he denied a request by the Biden administration to deploy the state’s National Guard to Washington, D.C., ahead of President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address.
“Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no [Florida National Guard] sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union,” the Republican said in a tweet Monday, one day before the big speech.
Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’s press secretary, further told the Washington Examiner that the federal government sent the request to all states “to prepare for anticipated ‘First Amendment protests'” coinciding with Biden’s address Tuesday. The National Guard “should never be misused for political purposes,” she added.
“Last year, when the National Guard deployed to D.C. around the inauguration, they were forced to sleep in freezing parking lots, all for a regime spectacle,” Pushaw said. “Our dedicated, patriotic service members deserve better.”
DeSantis spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday about Florida’s rejection of COVID-19 restrictions and presented himself as a counterbalance to Biden. Seen by many as a strong potential candidate for the 2024 presidential election, DeSantis came in second place in the event’s presidential straw poll, losing only to former President Donald Trump.
Preparations for heightened security for the State of the Union event have been in the works in the nation’s capital for weeks ahead of an expected trucker convoy protest against COVID-1`9 rules, similar to the demonstrations in Canada in recent weeks. The Capitol was the site of a riot on Jan. 6 of last year that disrupted the process of certifying Biden’s 2020 election victory.