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Pence Had To Send The National Guard To Protect The Capitol – Trump Refused

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was one of the first to raise the question after it was reported on Wednesday afternoon that Vice President Mike Pence had been requested by the Pentagon to send in the National Guard to help quell the rioting taking place by Trump supporters at the Capitol building.

Specifically, Maddow remarked:

“The vice president is a lot of things in our constitutional system, but not the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces.

“Why is the vice president being consulted? We don’t know. What was the president’s input into that decision? We don’t know.”

As it turns out, Trump refused to send the National Guard, perhaps reinforcing the belief that he hoped the storming of the Capitol would be the first step of a coup that would allow him to remain in power.

According to the New York Times:

“Defense and administration officials said it was Vice President Mike Pence, not President Trump, who approved the order to deploy the D.C. National Guard. It was unclear why the president, who incited his supporters to storm the Capitol and who is still the commander in chief, did not give the order. President Trump initially rebuffed and resisted requests to mobilize the National Guard, according to a person with knowledge of the events. It required intervention from the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, among other officials, the person familiar with the events said.”

Trump rebuffed and resisted requests to mobilize the National Guard. The Commander-in-Chief of U.S. armed forces resisted doing his job to protect the seat of American government. That alone is reason to immediately remove Donald Trump from office.

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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