In the midst of the National Guard occupation of the U.S. Capitol complex during last month’s inauguration ceremony, bipartisan outrage surrounded reports indicating that troops had been relegated to sleeping in a parking garage.
While updates at the time indicated that the problem had been addressed, recent photos appear to show that troops are still using parking structures for resting spots — and one GOP lawmaker is speaking out against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her role in the ordeal.
“Freezing cold garages”
According to Breitbart, newly elected Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) raised the issue in a tweet on Tuesday.
Her post included two photos, the first of which showed a pair of soldiers amid an array of cots against a wall in a garage. The second image showed at least a half dozen troops spending time inside of a structure that appeared to have been repurposed as a makeshift rest area.
“Why is it that nearly 3 weeks after the initial outrage, Nancy Pelosi is still having our National Guard troops take their breaks & sleeping in freezing cold garages?” Boebert asked. “These photos were taken last night! This needs to stop NOW!”
Her office later confirmed in a statement to Breitbart that the photos in her tweet had been taken on Monday night in the parking garage underneath the House portion of the Capitol building.
“The disrespect that Speaker Pelosi has shown to our National Guard is sickening,” the congresswoman wrote.
The statement went on to reiterate her claim, asserting that “background checks, running out of food, and making them rest in cold garages” all serve to demonstrate Pelosi’s “total disrespect for our men and women in uniform.”
For her part, a Pelosi spokeswoman affirmed that the troops pictured in the images had merely been on a break between drills and exercises and are not being forced to sleep overnight in the garage.
Politico initially exposed the controversy immediately after Inauguration Day, leading to an inability among those in positions of authority to provide an explanation that satisfied many outraged Americans.
At the time, one unnamed guardsman told the outlet that he and his fellow troops “feel incredibly betrayed.”
Although the backlash led to a swift reversal and an invitation to the soldiers to sleep inside, Boebert’s photos seem to indicate that at least some of them still see the need to take breaks inside the cold, subterranean parking structure.