Why did the National Guard sleep in a parking garage?

A NUMBER of politicians have expressed their outrage at the conditions National Guard troops are facing at the Capitol.

Several governors are pulling their soldiers back to their home states after photos of troops sleeping in a Capitol parking garage went viral.

Why did the National Guard sleep in a parking garage?

On January 21, photos spread across social media showing troops sleeping in cold parking garages as the DC weather dropped below freezing overnight.

According to reports from The Washington Post, CNN, and Politico, who interviewed numerous soldiers in the Guard, hundreds of them were banished from Capitol but reason was given for their banishment.

Soldiers struggled to sleep in "poor resting conditions in the parking garage, where they said they inhaled exhaust fumes, found few bathrooms, and struggled to sleep under harsh fluorescent lights," according to Snopes.

How long will the National Guard be in Washington DC?

It's unclear how long the National Guard will officially be posted at the Capitol, but several state governors are calling their troops back as a result of the photos.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered the Florida National Guard troops sent to the Capitol back home – and blamed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for their horrible sleeping conditions.

"Last night, I ordered our Adjutant General to bring Florida National Guard soldiers home from the National Capital Region," DeSantis tweeted early Friday morning, but he didn't hide his distaste for the House Speaker.

"They are soldiers," DeSantis said on Fox. "They are not Nancy Pelosi’s servants."

"This is a half-cocked mission at this point and I think the appropriate thing is to bring them home," he continued.

Following DeSantis' lead, Texas Governor Greg Abbott also ordered the Texas National Guard troops back home.

"I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state," Abbott tweeted.

"I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this," he ended.

How many National Guardsmen and women are in the Capitol?

Approximately 25,000 National Guardsmen and women were sent to the Capitol.

Notably, while many Senators from the governors' party tweeted at the horrendous photos of the troops sleeping in parking garages, Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth – who lost her legs while serving the country – quickly had the troops moved into a proper shelter.

"Unreal. I can’t believe that the same brave service members we’ve been asking to protect our Capitol and our Constitution these last two weeks would be unceremoniously ordered to vacate the building. I am demanding answers ASAP. They can use my office," she tweeted.

What are they doing in Washington DC?

The troops were ordered to Washington to protect the Capitol during Biden's inauguration as a result of the violent coup attempt on January 6.

A number of the domestic terrorists that unleashed upon the Capitol during the certification of Biden's election win on January 6 were members of law enforcement and other agencies.

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