Trump didn’t name the Nationwide Guard. He restricted it.
Trump limited the equipment the DC National Guard could use and the actions they could take before the protest turned into a riot.
The Washington Post reported:
In memos dated Jan. 4 and 5, the Pentagon prohibited district guardsmen from receiving ammunition or riot gear, interacting with protesters unless required for self-defense, sharing equipment with local law enforcement, or security surveillance and air cargo without the des Defense Minister to use express permission according to information from officials who are familiar with the orders.
The need for higher-level approval seemed to have slowed the military response when the Capitol Police, the law enforcement agency reporting to Congress and protecting the House and Senate, assisted 200 during a call with senior Pentagon officials early Wednesday afternoon Troops urged Laut officials familiar with the call.
Trump did not send in the National Guard as he claimed in his Twitter video. He restricted the guard’s capabilities.
The violence Trump denounced in his taped Twitter message was set in motion long before he turned to the rally and sent the crowd into a frenzy. Trump made sure that his supporters were not exposed to any significant defensive presence from the Capitol.
After the election, Trump gutted the civilian leadership of the Pentagon and replaced it with his own loyalists. Yesterday’s violence was one of the reasons Trump wanted more control over the Pentagon. There will be an investigation, but according to the information that has already been released, a picture of Trump emerges who not only ignites the flames of violence, but actively creates a climate in which violence can occur.
Donald Trump appears to have committed an inflammatory act against the United States of America.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association