Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is singing a much different tune about the presence of National Guard troops in the nation’s capitol ahead of Inauguration Day.
Despite previously criticizing President Trump for deploying the reserve force during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, in recent days Speaker Pelosi used the opportunity to thank troops stationed in Washington, D.C. for protecting “democracy” after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“Even during this dark time in the history of America, we find reasons for hope,” she wrote on Twitter last Wednesday after meeting with the group. “It was my privilege today to personally thank members of the National Guard who are working protect our nation’s Capitol. Thank you for your commitment to our American democracy.”
Even during this dark time in the history of America, we find reasons for hope. It was my privilege today to personally thank members of the National Guard who are working protect our nation’s Capitol. Thank you for your commitment to our American democracy. pic.twitter.com/20VnePSyYP
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 13, 2021
Pelosi reportedly helped distribute meals for some of the service members stationed in Washington to guard against any potential riots surrounding the Inauguration.
Today, it was my honor to join @chefjoseandres and @WCKitchen to provide meals to our heroic National Guard troops who are keeping our Congressional community safe during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/aqJ1JEwumA
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 16, 2021
During the photo op, Pelosi even presented the service members with “challenge coins” embossed with her signature.
However, the speaker hasn’t always been so keen on a military presence in Washington.
In June, as riots broke out across the country and in the nation’s capital following the death of George Floyd, Pelosi criticized Trump’s use of National Guard troops to protect both federal property and people in the D.C. community against violence.
“We are concerned about the increased militarization and lack of clarity that may increase chaos. I am writing to request a full list of the agencies involved and clarifications of the roles and responsibilities of the troops and federal law enforcement resources operating in the city,” Pelosi sharply wrote in a notice to the president.
“Congress and the American people need to know who is in charge, what is the chain of command, what is the mission, and by what authority is the National Guard from other states operating in the capital,” she added.
Pelosi would later come under fire for bizarrely disrespecting the federal troops sent to various U.S. cities to quell Antifa and Black Lives Matter violence, calling them “stormtroopers.”
There are now more than 20,000 National Guard troops in Washington to prevent a repeat of the events of Jan. 6, especially as the FBI warned that “armed protests” are being planned across the country and in the nation’s capital ahead of Jan. 20.
Those stationed on Capitol Hill have been granted the authority to use lethal force to protect the Capitol as well as members of Congress and their staff.
Author : Phil Shiver