For weeks now, National Guard troops have been patrolling the streets of our nation’s capital, thanks to the dramatic events that unfolded there on January 6th, as a crowd of Donald Trump’s most hardcore supporters stormed the Capitol and attempted to prevent the certification of the 2020 election.
The Capitol Police were woefully underpowered that day, with some on the force coming under fire for their lackadaisical attitude toward the whole thing.
The National Guard was then brought in to make sure that we didn’t see a repeat of the violence during Joe Biden’s inauguration, and they’e been there ever since – which is a fact that has irked many lawmakers.
Now, some of the guardsmen who were stationed in DC over the course of the last few weeks are speaking out about some of the more-than-poor hospitality.
Members of Michigan’s National Guard have complained of receiving undercooked meals or food containing metal shavings during their stay in Washington, D.C., to protect the U.S. Capitol, according to news reports, as lawmakers from the state call for a new food provider.
The disclosures — which first surfaced in Michigan news outlets — were the latest reports of alleged mistreatment of National Guard personnel in the nation’s capital, where Guard members from several states were deployed both before and after the Jan. 6 riot.
The entire Michigan delegation in the U.S. House wrote a letter to the National Guard on Tuesday saying, “We understand that the decision was made to provide contracted meals to support the entire federal response stationed at the Capitol. However, it is clear that these contracted meals are poorly prepared, oftentimes inedible, and highly inadequate to support our soldiers.”
Michigan’s Governor and other lawmakers were quick to condemn this cruel treatment of the Guard, calling the incident “unacceptable”.