DC Elite Used National Guard As Props, Questioned Their Loyalty, Then Made Them Sleep In Parking Garage

Shortly after they demanded that 25,000 members of the National Guard provide security for President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Washington, D.C. politicians quietly banished thousands of troops from the U.S. Capitol, forcing them to set up sleeping quarters in nearby parking garages on Thursday night.

While temperatures outside dropped to the low 40s, more than 5,000 Guardsmen, who didn’t experience any of the predicted violent clashes on Inauguration Day, were forced to share one electrical outlet, two restroom stalls, and rest their heads on the concrete, without an explanation.

“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands, and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” one Guardsman told Politico.

Multiple senators, representatives, and other government officials on both sides of the political aisle decried the decision. Some offered up their offices as sleeping quarters, others brought them food, and some called on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders to provide answers.

The National Guard did not respond to The Federalist’s calls, but told other outlets, “Guard leadership did not make the decision and were ‘doing their best to provide rest shelter for troops who are still on 12-hour shifts protecting the Capitol and congressional grounds.’”

While the troops were eventually allowed back into the Capitol complex, it is still unclear as to who ordered that the Guardsmen be removed from the historic building so swiftly and why. Some sources suggest that it was at the request of a Democratic lawmaker, possibly Rep. Bill Keating of Massachusetts, who was upset that some of the troops weren’t wearing masks. Keating and other congressional leaders such as Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer did not respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also directed their states’ troops that were present in D.C. to return home Thursday night, shortly after news broke of the sleeping arrangements.

“These folks are soldiers, not Nancy Pelosi’s servants,” DeSantis said on “Fox and Friends” Friday morning. “This is a half-cocked mission at this point and the appropriate thing is to bring them home,” he added.

Despite the virtue signaling from both the left and the right, the Guard’s deportation from the Capitol comes mere days after Democrats encouraged the vetting of National Guard members, especially those assigned to provide security in D.C. following the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, for ties to “extremism” and support for former President Donald Trump.

“When you have Guardsmen and women coming from all over the nation at this time, I do think that it is prudent to make sure that they are being vetted and that anybody who cannot pledge allegiance to their missions, and may be pulled by other views, needs not only to be removed from this duty, they need to be removed from the Guard,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday.

Just days before, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., explained a similar concept to CNN’s Jim Sciutto, saying that even though “the Guard is 90-some-odd-percent male … only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden.”

“You’ve got to figure that in the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative — I see that on my social media, and we know it. They’re probably not more than 25 percent of the people that are there protecting us who voted for Biden,” Cohen said. “The other 75 percent are in the class, the large class of folks, who might want to do something.”


Tom Hanks Leads Primetime Biden-Harris Inauguration ‘Celebrating America’ Telecast Featuring Anti-Trump Celebrities

Tom Hanks, who stumped for Joe Biden during last year’s presidential race, presided over Wednesday’s primetime Biden-Harris inauguration broadcast special, “Celebrating America,” featuring a slew of Hollywood elites who demonized Americans and shamed them for not supporting the politician that the elites wanted to win.

The broadcast was stacked with anti-Trump celebrities, including Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Bruce Springsteen, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

President Biden delivered a brief speech at the Lincoln Memorial during which he repeated his calls for “unity” while also invoking the suddenly ubiquitous word “decency.” In a veiled jab at his predecessor Donald Trump, he said, “Because of you, democracy has prevailed,” adding that America is built on “decency and dignity.”

Vice President Kamala Harris also invoked unity in her brief address that touched on “American aspiration.” The former California senator urged Americans to muster the “courage to see beyond crisis, to do what is hard, to do what is good, to unite.”

During the telecast, pop stars performed songs seemingly designed to whip up enthusiasm for the incoming administration. Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons performed “Better Days,” while Jon Bon Jovi appeared in a pre-recorded performance of “Here Comes the Sun.”

A slew of Broadway stars performed a virtual rendition of “Let the Sunshine In” from the musical Hair, and “Seasons of Love” from Rent.

Biden surrogate John Legend performed a rendition of the song “Feeling Good.”

Though Tom Hanks steered clear of partisan sentiment, he mentioned that Biden’s swearing-in took place in a “secured” capital city — a reference to the unprecedented 25,000 troops patrolling Washington, D.C..

In the last few years, “we’ve witnessed deep divisions and a troubling rancor in our land. But tonight we ponder the United States of America,” Hanks said from his spot at the Lincoln Memorial. “This day is about witnessing the permanence of our American idea.”

Speaking from Los Angeles, Eva Longoria touched on “social justice” and spoke of building a more “inclusive” democracy. The Desperate Housewives star served as a host of the Democratic National Convention in August.

Scandal star Kerry Washington called Vice President Kamala Harris’ ascendancy “a long day coming… She is the first but she will not be the last.”

Pop star Demi Lovato sang “Lovely Day” from Los Angeles as the camera cut to Jill and Joe Biden, who was holding his grandson Beau, watching the perforce from the White House.

Former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama appeared on the broadcast via a pre-recorded video and urged Americans to work together in the times ahead.

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“I think if Americans would love their neighbor like they liked to be loved themselves, a lot of the division in our society would end,” Bush said.

“That’s what this means,” Clinton said. “It’s a new beginning, and everybody needs to get off their high horse and reach out to their friends and neighbors.”

“As Americans we have more in common than what separates us,” Obama said.

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The nearly two-hour long event ended with pop star and Biden backer Katy Perry singing her hit song “Firework” as Biden, Kamala Harris, and their families watched the actual fireworks display light up the National Mall.

As Breitbart News reported, the “Celebrating America” telecast was broadcast on all three major TV networks — pre-empting regularly scheduled shows — as well as on CNN, MSNBC, and a number of streaming services, including the anti-Trump Amazon Prime Video.

Left-wing, anti-Trump Hollywood celebrities played a major role in all of the Biden inauguration festivities. Lady Gaga sang the national anthem during Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony, with her bizarre outfit predictably stealing the show and drawing comparisons to The Hunger Games.

Jennifer Lopez also performed at the ceremony, at one point screaming in Spanish: “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

In the celebrations leading up to the swearing-in ceremony, Debra Messing kicked off the partying by co-hosting a virtual fundraiser. Messing has promoted violence against Donald Trump by wishing on Twitter that he gets raped in prison.

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Fact Check: Jen Psaki Falsely Claims Trump’s Travel Ban Was a ‘Muslim Ban’

CLAIM: President Donald Trump’s travel ban on terror-prone countries was a “Muslim ban.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The travel ban never targeted Muslims; was expanded to include non-Muslim countries; and was upheld by the Supreme Court.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in her first briefing Wednesday that newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden had issued an executive order to “put an end to the Muslim ban, a policy written in religious animus and xenophobia.”

In so doing, she repeated a false claim that Biden made repeatedly throughout the 2020 presidential election, and which Democrats had made for years as well.

Breitbart News fact-checked this claim by Biden last year:

[T]here is no “Muslim ban,” and there never was. What Democrats called a “Muslim ban” was an executive order issued on January 27, 2017, that barred tourism and immigration from seven countries previously identified by the Obama-Biden administration as being particularly vulnerable to terrorism, partly because their internal record-keeping was substandard. These seven nations — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen — happened to be Muslim-majority countries, but there was no blanket ban on Muslims from other Middle Eastern countries or large Muslim countries like Indonesia.

Later, the executive order was updated, or superseded, by subsequent orders. A second version dropped Iraq from the list; a third version added North Korea and Venezuela, two countries without substantial Muslim populations whatsoever. The Supreme Court tossed legal challenges to the travel ban in October 2017. Several more countries — including non-Muslim ones — were added in January 2020. The “Muslim ban” exists only in the minds of Democrats and left-wing journalists.

In December 2015, then-candidate Trump did suggest “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” He made that suggestion after radical Islamic terrorists launched brutal terror attacks in Paris, France, that November — with at least one hiding among Syrian refugees.

Trump later dropped that idea. But it is important to note that even Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) considered a “pause” in Syrian refugees, given the security vulnerabilities and the possibility that fighters from the so-called “Islamic State” might infiltrate into the country.

In his Inaugural Address just hours earlier on Wednesday, President Biden had vowed to fight “lies” with “truth”:

Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson.

There is truth and there are lies.

Lies told for power and for profit.

And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.

Biden’s executive order reversing President Trump’s travel ban can be found here.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is How Not to Be a Sh!thole Country: Lessons from South Africa. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


Reshaped By The Trump Era, Our Institutions Will Hobble Into The Biden Administration

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Seattle talk show host Jason Rantz joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky and Senior Editor Chris Bedford to discuss outgoing President Donald Trump, incoming President Joe Biden, and how American institutions will handle the transition.

One of the biggest shifts following Biden’s inauguration, Rantz said, will be the corporate media’s coverage and role in promoting Biden’s agenda.

“If they go back to how they’re supposed to do their jobs, then I think we’ll all be better for it,” Rantz said. “And we will point to the last four years as an embarrassing blip in the world of national and local media. And that’s frankly for both sides, both right and left. … There were a lot of people on the conservative side who leaned in so hard to President Trump. They built their brands on him being president. … If he goes dark, you’re going to impact a lot of the conservative media outlets that relied on that for content.”

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While the Republicans face their own obstacles following the election losses in the Senate and presidency, the Democratic party, Rantz warned, will also have to find its grounding during the Biden administration as the progressive rifts and splits will be highlighted.

“They lost a whole bunch of seats because, I think, veering so far to the left on some of these cultural issues and the way we talk about businesses, small businesses and big businesses, is just a turnoff, and so I don’t understand the strategy coming from the Democratic Party right now,” Rantz said. 


Pope Francis Muzzles American Catholic Bishops Preaching Against Biden’s Anti-Catholic Agenda

Officials from the Vatican held back a statement from the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB), which warned Catholics that the incoming Biden administration holds an extreme anti-Catholic policy agenda. The USCCB statement has now been released, but only after Pope Francis came out with his own message for President Joe Biden.

Conference President Archbishop Jose Gomez did not mince words in the USCCB release, discussing the church’s position on abortion, gender, and religious liberty, and warning that the Biden administration’s policies would advance “moral evils” on several fronts.

According to “The Pillar,” sources in the Vatican Secretariat of State, others close to the U.S. bishops conference, and sources among the U.S. bishops confirmed that the statement was being held under embargo after an intervention from the Vatican Secretariat of State, hours before it was due to be released Wednesday morning.

Those who allegedly objected to the release include Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, and Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, among other unnamed bishops.

Biden and Harris, who plan to reverse the Mexico City policy and the Hyde Amendment to reinstate taxpayer funding of abortion both here and abroad, pose a serious threat to the sanctity of life. Yet the Catholic News Agency reported that sources within the USCCB said Cupich “opposed the inclusion of language noting abortion as a problem with the incoming Biden administration.”

In the now-released statement, Gomez said abortion is not a “private matter” but an issue of social justice, and that it is impossible to “ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities.”

“Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences,” Gomez said. Before he was elected, Biden committed to repealing the religious liberty exemption the Little Sisters of the poor were granted during their second trip to the Supreme Court in July 2020.

“Our commitments on issues of human sexuality and the family, as with our commitments in every other area — such as abolishing the death penalty or seeking a health care system and economy that truly serves the human person — are guided by Christ’s great commandment to love and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially the most vulnerable,” wrote Gomez.

While Gomez’s statement was respectful yet powerful and uncompromising, Pope Francis’s message was short and unspecific. He congratulated Biden and asked that God guide his efforts “to advance the universal common good.” He did not name any of the threats Biden poses to Catholic values, the unborn, and religious liberty.


Chris Bedford: Don’t Buy Joe Biden’s Nice Unity Speech

Federalist Senior Editor Chris Bedford said on Fox News on Wednesday that President Joe Biden might have talked a good unity game in his inauguration speech, but actions speak otherwise.

“I don’t hold out very much hope that Democrats are as interested in unity as the message has been today,” Bedford said as Democrats cheered massive tech companies implementing a progressive purge of opposition voices in recent weeks.

Biden, meanwhile, has pledged to pursue a partisan progressive agenda beginning this afternoon with a series of executive orders to kick off an administration serving as a vehicle for the radical left-wing revolution.

“The promise of executive orders, the promise of further crackdown on COVID, and the whole speech given surrounded by somewhere between 15,000-25,000 National Guardsmen to an empty Mall, I’m not buying the unity speech, although it was a nice one,” Bedford said.


Beltway Press Rings In Biden Inauguration With Excitement Of Four-Year Vacation

President Joe Biden was officially sworn in Wednesday alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, taking the reins of power amid a turbulent moment in the nation’s history as America battles a once-in-a-generation pandemic surging while deep divisions grip the country.

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in democracy: unity, unity,” Biden said, pleading for a fractured nation to unify after vilifying it as white supremacist. Here’s what Biden said just before:

The cry for survival comes from planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

No matter how deeply unserious Biden’s calls for unity might be, given the president has chosen to pursue a partisan progressive agenda from day one this afternoon, weaponizing identity politics while refusing to condemn a divisive impeachment of his predecessor, Democratic allies in legacy media were ready to cheer Biden’s arrival just as much as cheer for Trump’s exit while they prepare for a four-year vacation from hard-hitting journalism.

“A whole new day is at hand,” wrote taxpayer-funded PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, whose entire Twitter feed this inauguration day reads as if she is a Democratic spokeswoman. Of course, Alcindor’s cover as an activist masquerading as a reporter has been well-documented throughout the Trump years.

Alcindor’s glee was shared by virtually every other Beltway reporter and partisan Democratic pundit in Washington, the latter of whom are really just the honest versions of the first.

Others gushed over the Democrats’ outfits, after legacy outlets spent years disparaging First Lady Melania Trump’s wardrobe with dubious double-standards. Those attending Wednesday’s inauguration did look stunning, as did Melania Trump departing for her own four-year vacation.

Racism is now over too, apparently, according to this contributor at Vice.

The young activist poet who delivered a partisan speech rather than a unifying poem was also awarded prejudiced praise.

National Review Editor Rich Lowry didn’t engage in the overly adoring coverage offered by the rest of the pundit class. Instead, Lowry made a point that while Biden’s comments felt genuine and sincere, they missed the mark when paired with the first actions of the unity-minded president.

“It’s obviously much easier to talk unity than achieve it, especially when pursuing a partisan, progressive agenda from Day One,” Lowry wrote on Twitter.

And of course, after banning Trump as part of Big Tech’s coordinated purge of conservative voices leading up to the inauguration, Twitter is promoting Biden.


Joe Biden Calls for Unity in Inaugural Speech While Demonizing Fellow Americans

President Joe Biden delivered his inaugural speech Wednesday, repeatedly calling for unity while demonizing some of his fellow Americans as domestic terrorists.

“Now the rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat,” Biden said.

Biden referred to dark forces in the country endangering the future of the United States and the concept of democracy.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“History has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we were all created equal and the harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, demonization have long torn us apart,” he said.

Biden pointedly spoke about the violent riots on Capitol Hill two weeks earlier by Trump supporters protesting the 2020 election.

He noted the violent rioters stormed “hallowed ground” at the Capitol building with “violence” that “sought to shake the capitol’s very foundation.”

Biden embraced the notion his inauguration proved Democracy had prevailed.

“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,” he said. “We’ve heard again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”

Biden pointed to his predecessor Donald Trump’s term as president, noting there was “much to repair, much to restore, much to heal” after his departure.

He called for Americans to address racial justice and climate change, because “a cry for survival comes from the planet itself,” couldn’t be “any more desperate or any more clear.”

Biden said violence on Capitol Hill offered a “painful lesson” for Americans.

President Joe Biden hugs his son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley Biden after being sworn in as U.S. president during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“There is truth and there are lies, lies told for power and for profit and each of us have a duty and a responsibility as citizens as Americans and especially as leaders … to defend the truth.”

Biden indicated that the country could not heal unless more Americans changed their behavior.

“The answer is not to turn inward, to retreat into competing factions, distrusting those who don’t look like you, or worship the way you do, or don’t get their news from the same sources as you,” he said.

Biden concluded with further appeals for unity, using the word on at least four times, even asking both parties to open up their hearts to the opposite political side.

“We must end this uncivil war, that pits red against blue, rural vs. urban, conservative vs. liberal,” said. “We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.”

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office at the inauguration on Capitol Hill on Wednesday just minutes after former President Donald Trump returned to his home in Florida.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts led the oath of office ceremony for Biden and the swearing-in ceremony for Harris was led by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and their wives attended the ceremony as well as former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence.


Watch Live: The Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

President-elect Joe Biden will participate in his swearing-in ceremony as president of the United States on Tuesday after winning the 2020 election.

The ceremony will be attended by former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush but not by President Donald Trump, who will be the first modern president to boycott the event. Former president Jimmy Carter, age 96, will also not attend the event.


President Donald Trump Delivers Farewell Address: ‘I Took On the Toughest Battles’

President Donald Trump delivered his farewell address on Tuesday, urging Americans to carry on the principles he fought for during his presidency.

“I did not seek the easiest course. By far, it was actually the most difficult,” Trump said as he reflected on his presidency.

The president spoke for nearly 20 minutes in a pre-recorded video released on YouTube Tuesday afternoon prior to his departure from the White House on Wednesday morning.

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“I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism,” he continued. “I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices because that’s what you elected me to do.”

Trump spoke about the nature of his presidency, describing himself as the first “true outsider” to get elected that believed that the United States government should work for its citizens first.

“I fought for you. I fought for your family. I fought for your country,” he said.

The president did not use President-elect Joe Biden’s name in his statement, referring to him only as part of an incoming “new administration.”

He said he would pray for the administration’s success to keep America “safe and prosperous.”

“And we also want them to have luck, a very important word,” he continued.

The president condemned the riots on Capitol Hill after he urged supporters to protest the 2020 presidential election, which was later certified for Biden.

“All Americans were horrified by the assault on our capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated.”

Trump said that Americans should rise above the “partisan rancor” in the ongoing debate over ideas and unite for the sake of the country.

“We must never forget that while Americans will always have our disagreements, we are a nation of incredible, decent, faithful, and peace-loving citizens who all want our country to thrive and flourish,” he said.

That debate, he noted, should not be censored, as he alluded to social media companies deplatforming his accounts.

“At the center of this heritage is also a robust belief in free expression, free speech, and open debate,” he said.

He continued, “Only if we forget who we are and how we got here could we ever allow political censorship and blacklisting to take place in America. It’s not even thinkable.”

The president did not speak about his political future but said the America First movement that he started was “only just beginning.”

“There’s never been anything like it,” he said.

Trump said that he did everything that he came to Washington to do and “so much more.”

“I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart and optimistic spirit, and a supreme confidence that, for our country and for our children, the best is yet to come,” he concluded. “Thank you and farewell.”