Representative Will Keating (D-MA) reported to the Capitol building authorities earlier in the day that a National Guardsman seen in a Dunkin Donuts wasn’t wearing a mask.
After Keating commented out loud that masks were required to be worn at all times in a federal building, the Guardsman responded, “I appreciate my freedom.”
National Guard commanders are now looking for the National Guard member.
Breitbart News reviewed communications by National Guard officials regarding the situation with Keating. Keating had just thanked members of the National Guard in his office on Wednesday:
Breitbart News reached out to Keating’s press secretary but did not receive a response.
A source told Breitbart News that the situation is “being worked out to fix it.”
Pictures of the conditions National Guardsmen experienced in The Senate parking garage were posted on social media early Thursday:
Other members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, have expressed public outrage over the treatment of the National Guardsmen and are demanding answers as to exactly what happened.
Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-NC) tweeted that he brought pizza to the abandoned National Guard members and offered his office for them to sleep. His tweet also included the following video:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tweeted late Thursday night he had ordered the return of the Texas National Guard to the state:
Approximately 25,000 National Guard forces were deployed to Washington, DC, to assist federal law enforcement authorities in protecting the inauguration ceremony of Joe Biden as President. In advance of the inauguration, thousands of forces were seen resting inside the Capitol Building itself. A day after the inauguration, they were relegated to parking garages.
Some members of Congress, including Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) — himself a member of the National Guard — treated them to pizza. Others, such as Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), gave them tours of the Capitol.
Politico reported that the number of National Guard members forced to evacuate the Capitol was in the “thousands,” with one unit of 5,000 troops forced to rest in a parking garage without internet reception and just one electrical outlet and a single bathroom with two stalls.
“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” said one Guardsman.
Separately, the National Guard announced Thursday in a press release that 15,000 National Guardsmen are being sent back home, from the more than 26,000 sent to D.C. to provide security for the inauguration. Currently 10,600 still remain on duty, with that number expected to eventually dwindle down to about 7,000 near the end of the month. ✪