Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas was none too happy about the screening of National Guard troops sent to Washington, D.C. to provide additional security for the inauguration of Joe Biden on Wednesday.
Abbott shared a link from the Washington post concerning the excess screening of 25,000 NG troops, along with a caption that said: “This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.”
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Notably, service members are already screened for ties to extremism or other potential flags. Thus, the latest screenings seem to be excessive and perhaps linked to suspicion directed at supporters of President Donald Trump after the Capitol riot. The Associated Press in a Monday report on the screening, for example, named supporters of the president as potential threats to a Biden inauguration.
“I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this,” warned Abbott.
This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard.
No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard
I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC.
I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.https://t.co/STZDMz7PGm
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 19, 2021
“[T]he Defense Department, assisted by the FBI, will conduct special vetting for National Guard personnel in Washington, who are expected to number up to 25,000 for the inauguration on Wednesday, said acting defense secretary Christopher C. Miller,” The Washington Post reported.
“While we have no intelligence indicating an insider threat, we are leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital,” Miller said in a recent statement.
It’s definitely insulting to the integrity of the National Guard and the U.S. military as a whole. The job of the armed forces is to protect this country and the way of life we all enjoy every day. It’s not to be partisan to such a degree they would attack an incoming president, regardless of how much they might disagree with him.
Besides, I thought that whole ballot dump in Michigan during the election, which was all military votes, were in support of Joe Biden? Why would the military turn on a president they voted for?
Seems kind of strange, right?