National Guard troops board buses as they leave the Armory after ending their mission of offering safety to the U.S. Capitol on May 24, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin thanked National Guard troops Monday as he ended their deployment to the U.S. Capitol following the deadly January 6 insurrection.
“These airmen and soldiers protected not only the grounds, but the lawmakers working on those grounds, ensuring the people’s business could continue unabated. They lived out in very tangible ways the oath they took to support and defend the Constitution,” Austin wrote in a press release, recounting their 5 month deployment.
“They came here from all 54 states and territories, leaving behind jobs, homes and families, to bolster security at the Capitol in the wake of the dramatic events on January 6th. Many of them volunteered for this duty, and most of them did so on little notice,” he added.
Members of the National Guard stroll outdoors the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 5, 2021.
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The breach of the Capitol on January 6 delayed the formal congressional depend of Biden’s 2020 election victory over then-President Donald Trump. Dozens of Republicans in Congress, backed by the president, challenged state outcomes based mostly on unfounded accusations of widespread fraud.
Earlier that day, Trump advised hundreds of supporters at a rally outdoors the White House to march to the Capitol to protest what traditionally have been ceremonial proceedings.
Hours after rioters swarmed the constructing, Trump told his supporters to “go home” — at the same time as he reiterated the election lies that prompted them to assault the Capitol within the first place.
US President Donald Trump’s supporters collect outdoors the Capitol constructing, January 6, 2021.
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The variety of troops deployed to the Capitol swelled to 25,000 forward of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
It is typical for the National Guard to be current for inaugurations, and more than 7,000 troops had been mobilized for Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
“It’s been a trying but telling year for the National Guard,” Austin wrote. (*6*) he added.