Ron DeSantis Responds To President Biden’s Request For Nat’l Guard At SOTU; He’s Going To Be Furious
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a response to a request President Joe Biden made of every governor in the state to send National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., in order to have extra protection at the State of the Union address set for Tuesday evening.
DeSantis posted a tweet completely rejecting the request from the president, which you just know is going to make Biden furious.
“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 @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union,” DeSantis stated in the tweet.
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 @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 28, 2022
According to a report from NBC Washington, around 700 National Guard troops have been activated ahead of Biden’s address and a possible trucker convoy that may arrive in the nation’s capital.
“The other 300 Guard personnel are from outside D.C. and have also been approved upon requests from U.S. Capitol Police. Such personnel include approximately 100 Vermont Army National Guard Soldiers, 100 New Jersey National Guard troops and about 80 West Virginia National Guard members who will support security operations within Washington starting later this week,” the outlet went on to report.
“The request was activated as of 1 p.m. and is approved to continue throughout 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 7. Neither approval allows troops’ use of helicopters or other aircraft by the National Guard or the sharing of equipment with law enforcement agencies. They will also not carry firearms or take part in law enforcement or domestic-surveillance activities,” NBC Washington’s report added.
It was also announced on Monday that mask-wearing is now optional for Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
“The Washington DC region is now in the ‘green level’ or low level in this new CDC schema allowing for reduction in coronavirus prevention measures such as coronavirus testing frequency and indoor mask wear,” U.S. Capitol physician Brian P. Monahan commented.
“COVID19 layered protection measures such as vaccination emphasis, and daily home health screening inventory prior to coming to work should continue,” he went on to say.
News: Capitol physician says in an update to staff that masks are now optional at the Capitol, which extends to Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday @axios https://t.co/rdWBEvhgGP
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) February 27, 2022
This comes on the heels of a new survey finding that half of those surveyed by Rasmussen think Biden should be impeached from office.
“And what’s more, almost as many surveyed think that’s what Republicans will do if the party wins back control of the House in the 2022 midterms,” the report went on to say.
“A new national telephone and an online survey by Rasmussen Reports and The National Pulse finds that 50% of Likely U.S. voters support the impeachment of Biden, including 33% who Strongly Support it. Forty-five percent (45%) are opposed to impeaching Biden, including 33% who Strongly Oppose it,” Rasmussen said in a recent report.
Now, while Biden may very well deserve to be impeached and removed from office, keep in mind that Vice President Kamala Harris would then take his place. Would we just be moving from bad to worse?
I’m not sure.
But then again, individuals need to be held accountable for when they break the rules, so maybe that principle trumps any discussion of Harris taking over for Biden in the event of a successful impeachment and removal from office.