The aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has exposed some of the deep-seated hypocrisy by some Democratic members of Congress who are suddenly changing their tunes concerning political violence and the police.
One clear example of that hypocrisy comes from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who heaped praise on the 25,000 National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., marking a sharp reversal from her statements on troops being deployed to the nation’s capital during the violent riots last summer, as Fox News reported.
What did she say?
Like many Democrats who excused the destruction in D.C. during a deadly wave of riots in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Pelosi spoke out against U.S military presence in Washington at the time.
“By what authority do these National Guard people come in from other states?” Pelosi said in June as National Guard units were called in for security, adding that she was concerned by “the increased militarization and lack of clarity that might increase chaos,” according to Fox.
At the time, she even remarked that seeing military troops in the nation’s capital marked “a day of great sadness” for America.
According to NPR, Pelosi later doubled down on her assertion that utilizing the National Guard to protect the city, which had fallen into complete chaos, was somehow an inappropriate response.
“There has been some violence, and there is no place for that in any of our expressions of concern that the American people want to make. And violence must be addressed. But there is no reason for the U.S. military to be called out for this,” Pelosi told journalist Michel Martin in June 2020.
Of course, now that the rioters involved in the latest round of destruction in the nation’s capital were mostly supporters of President Donald Trump, Pelosi believes bringing in the U.S. military to provide security assistance is a wonderful idea.
The leading Democrat made that clear in a tweet last week in which she thanked the National Guard members for deploying to Washington, D.C., even telling a group of soldiers “that the Capitol, our Democracy, our Constitution are safe because of your patriotism.”
Even during this dark time in the history of America, we find reasons for hope. It was my privilege today to personally thank members of the National Guard who are working protect our nation’s Capitol. Thank you for your commitment to our American democracy. pic.twitter.com/20VnePSyYP
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 13, 2021
With reports of over 20,000 troops now stationed in and around D.C. in preparation for the upcoming inauguration events, Politico reported over the weekend that U.S. defense officials are concerned that some of the National Guard members could be involved in plotting an “insider attack” on Jan. 20.
The scare has reportedly prompted the FBI to begin vetting all the troops currently stationed there, with authorities presumably looking for troops who might have ties to right-wing extremist groups or other nefarious actors bent on causing a violent disruption as Biden is sworn in as president.