A report from Epoch Times states that “Steven Sund, the outgoing chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), said that House and Senate security officials rejected or slow-walked multiple calls by the agency, ahead of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, to call in the National Guard to assist.”
Steven Sund resigned following the events on Wednesday where Americans breached the Capitol building during the Joint Session of Congress. Sund claims that he had six requests to have the National Guard on standby – for Wednesday’s Trump rally in Washington – denied or postponed by House and Senate security officials.
Sund puts some of the blame at the feet of House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving. Sund claimed that Irving decided to hold off on a formal declaration of emergency and instead insisted that Steven Sund make an informal request to put the National Guard on standby.
Sund claims that “if [the USCP] would have had the National Guard, [the USCP] could have held them at bay longer, until more officers from our partner agencies could arrive.”
Epoch Times reports that “Pentagon officials have said USCP did not ask the National Guard to deploy ahead of the protest nor ask for a riot contingency plan involving Guardsmen.”
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman reportedly said, “We rely on Capitol Police and federal law enforcement to provide an assessment of the situation, and based on that assessment that they had, they believed they had sufficient personnel and did not make a request.”
The report says that the Department of Defense backs up the Pentagon’s claims that the USCP “made no requests nor indicated a requirement for DOD support at the Capitol protest.” The Capitol protest started peacefully and remain mostly peaceful throughout, except for a moment that will go down in history as another test to our democracy.
The constitution gives us the freedom to protest our government peacefully. All summer long, our movement actively denounced the leftist rioters’ activities that destroyed our cities in the name of social justice. In shock, Americans at the capitol and sitting at home watched as rioters broke into the Capitol building housing our country’s top leaders.
We had a chance before those doors opened, but out of control protesters poured into the halls of Congress, destroying any chance at proving Trump’s election claims. The conversation was over, and the Democrats could now freely and easily deem conservatives as white supremacists and insurrectionists.
After fighting to keep our country free, being called an insurrectionist is a blow that not many have recovered from yet. The issue is that multiple videos are out now showing Americans dragging and beating a Capitol Police Officer.
Sund said, “These individuals actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officers and other uniformed law enforcement officers with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers.” Steven Sund continued, “they were determined to enter into the Capitol building by causing great damage.”
The report states that “at around 1:49 p.m. on Jan. 6, Sund spoke by phone with several Pentagon officials asking for immediate assistance.” He asked D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at 2:22 p.m. for assistance from the D.C. Metro Police Department. The National Guard personnel didn’t arrive to help the USCP until 5:40 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., the Capitol building was finally secured after the USCP D.C. Metro Police Department and National Guard worked together to clear out the rioters.
There is a trend by the left to condemn everyone that went to D.C. to protest the vote whether they went into the Capitol building or not. This will likely backfire as reports come out today that even after the protest turned riot at the Capitol, Trump’s approval rating is 48%. The hope is that as the pendulum swings quickly to the left, it will swing back to the right even quicker.