Most Americans may not realize that after Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C., insisted on mobilizing and deploying tens of thousands of National Guard troops to protect Joe Biden from absolutely nothing during his inauguration last month, several thousand of them remain in the nation’s capital.
Yet, many members of Congress don’t seem to know why. Worse, they can’t get anyone who is in charge of Capitol security (we’re looking at you, Speaker Pelosi) to explain it.
“We still have National Guardsmen out there, away from their families, away from their jobs, supplementing the police, and yet we can’t get a briefing on what is this dire threat that requires so many people. We still don’t have answers,” Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Monday.
“At 18 years old in the Army, you learn a very basic leadership principle, and that’s to lead by example … This is just time after time, whether it’s Pelosi or other leading Democrats, where they don’t feel like they need to do that,” Waltz, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and the first Green Beret to service in Congress, continued.
Waltz blasted Pelosi’s hypocrisy over things like violating COVID-19 restrictions and flouting her own House rules regarding members’ requirement to enter the chamber through metal detectors.
“Whether it’s with this and the magnetometers, whether it’s her going back to California and getting her hair done when so many other small businesses and hair salons were completely shut down,” he continued.
“From a security standpoint, there are Capitol police officers at these magnetometers, frisking us down … rather than being out there, securing the Capitol grounds, from, by the way, threats that we can’t get briefings on,” he told MacCallum.
“We still have National Guardsmen out there, away from their families, away from their jobs, supplementing the police, and yet we can’t get a briefing on what is this dire threat that requires so many people. Why do we have more troops in the Capitol than we have in Iraq and Afghanistan combined? We still don’t have answers,” he said.
Last week, GOP lawmakers on the House Administration Committee sent a letter to Acting Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett asking him to issue a $5,000 fine to Pelosi for violating her metal detector rule.
“Yesterday, at approximately 9:59 am, multiple members observed the Speaker of the House entering the House Chamber without completing security screening,” the Republicans wrote on Friday in a letter obtained by Fox News.
“What was observed was a clear violation of House Resolution 73 and you are required by House Rules to impose this fine. Please inform us once the fine has been assessed,” they continued. “We look forward to a prompt response to this inquiry.”
As for Waltz, he believes the GOP’s future lies in emulating the state Republican Party in Florida.
“We turned out the Republican base [in Florida in 2020]. We turned out President Trump’s base, and we grew the tent among Black, Hispanic … and Jewish voters, and really, we focused on the issues, whether it was school choice, that resonated with Black women,” he told MacCallum.
“At the end of the day, we tripled his [Trump’s] margin [of victory] from 2016 from 1 percent to 3 percent … The party really operated in concert, from the national level to the state level to the local level, toward those goals.”