In preparing to keep the US Capitol safe during the inauguration of Joe Biden on Wednesday, authorities are leaving no stone unturned, especially as the FBI continues to uncover online chatter containing terrifying plots and schemes.
Early in the week, reports began to circulate that the National Guard troops stationed in Washington for the event would receive additional vetting as a part of their duty. The concern was that there could be individuals within the Guard who were sympathetic to the group that stormed the Capitol back on January 6th, and that they could attempt to use their access to wreak havoc.
The mere insinuation of such a possibility completely infuriated Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday ripped the decision to vet the National Guard troops heading to Washington, DC, for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, deeming it “offensive” and vowing he will never authorize more troops to head to D.C. if they are “disrespected” in such a manner again.
“This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard,” Abbott said in response to the reports of the FBI vetting the 25,000 troops coming into the district over concerns of a potential threat from the inside.
“@TexasGuard I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this,” the Republican governor vowed […]
On Wednesday, news broke of two members of the National Guard who were removed from DC duty on account of their connection to right-wing extremists, although authorities were quick to point out that there was no specific plot uncovered during the vetting process.
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