Texas Governor Greg Abbott was absolutely disgusted by the “vetting” of National Guardsmen being sent to the Capitol for the swearing-in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be sure they wouldn’t disrupt proceedings or organize a coup.
Abbott sent 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to join the 25,000 National Guard troops to assist with the security detail during the inauguration. When the Washington Post released an article reporting that the Pentagon was going to vet the National Guardsmen for “extremist tendencies,” Abbott took to Twitter to torch the idea and make a threat of pulling Texas troops if they ever did this again.
“This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard,” tweeted Abbott. “I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.”
This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard.
No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard
I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC.
I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.https://t.co/STZDMz7PGm
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 19, 2021
U.S. defense officials said they were worried that an attack may occur from the inside and that some of the members of our military may pose a threat. Thus, the FBI began vetting every trooper working at the Capitol during the inauguration.
“We’re continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation,” said Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy during an interview with AP.
Despite all the concern, McCarthy and other leaders have confessed that they haven’t seen any evidence that there is a threat and that the vetting hasn’t brought any issues to the surface. Regardless, acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said his department is “leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital.”
Abbott’s anger is more than justified in this case. It’s an insult to the many members of our armed forces that our own government would feel the need to check for ideological radicalism within its ranks strictly out of “fear” that they would attempt to stop the inauguration and possibly upend our government.
As Christopher Arps wrote at RedState, there are more troops guarding the inauguration than there are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. This number is to give off the impression that Trump supporters are violent extremists who may try to storm the Capitol again. It’s more optics than it is for safety.
The fact that they would lump in our guardsmen as untrustworthy is insulting, and Abbott is right to be furious on their behalf.