U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Stands before a National Guard force at the east entrance of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 13, 2021.
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There is no Confederate flag there now.
National Guard forces flanked the halls and exterior of Congress on Wednesday when the House of Representatives indicted President Donald Trump for instigating a violent mob into the U.S. Capitol complex a week earlier.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi personally thanked a group of troops who stood outside the Capitol for attention as fellow California Democrats debated procedural motions that will end with the impeachment vote later that day.
Pelosi gave each of the troops a so-called challenge coin, marking their mission to protect the seat of the legislature of the American government, which was surrounded by rioters on June 6 after Trump called for a rally to help him fight the blockade Congressional confirmation of Joe Biden as next president.
On Wednesday morning, a photographer captured a stunning picture of the House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Walking past members of the guard camped on the floor as he walked to the floor of the house.
The acting Washington police chief said more than 20,000 National Guard troops will be in the District of Columbia on January 20 to facilitate Biden’s inauguration that day.
The show of force was in response to the hours of chaos last week when thousands of rioters raged through convention buildings, killing a Capitol police officer, beating and peppering other officers, wearing Confederate battle flags, and members of Congress wearing cable ties while hunting occupying the Senate Chamber and smearing feces on the walls.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, walks past members of the National Guard as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC on January 13, 2021, ahead of an expected vote from U.S. President Donald Trump.
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During the debate on Wednesday, Hoyer and other outraged members of Congress condemned Trump’s rallying cry against supporters just before the uprising.
Trump had also delayed the deployment of armed forces to protect the Capitol after it was overrun despite requests from members of Congress.
“Rep.[Liz] Wyoming Conservative Republican Cheney said: “The President of the United States has called the mob, gathered the mob and lit the flame of this attack,” remarked Hoyer on the floor of the Cheney House, who will be supporting Trump’s impeachment.
“This is not an irresponsible new member of the United States Congress,” Hoyer said. “This is the daughter of the former Republican Whip and former Vice President of the United States of America. She knows what she is talking about.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez MP, DN.Y., told her Instagram followers on a live stream late Tuesday night that she “had a very close encounter that I thought I was going to die” during the riot.
“I didn’t know if I would make it to the end of the day alive,” Ocasio-Cortez said, without giving any details about the incident that made her fearful that she would die.
She also said that I didn’t even feel safe during the chaos [some] other members of Congress “who have advocated the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Ocasio-Cortez said when she and other lawmakers met at an “extraction point” where they should be taken to a safe place, she saw rioters who appeared to be motivated by the QAnon joke and Republican members of Congress supporting the conspiracy had accepted.