Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller formally approves activation of 1,100 D.C. National Guard soldiers. Army Sec. Ryan McCarthy relays the message to the DCNG. Activation is not deployment; guardsmen are only approved to leave their jobs and homes to head to the D.C. Armory.
At 3:13 p.m., Trump tweets that Capitol terrorists should remain peaceful.
Two minutes later, Ivanka Trump tweets asking for the terrorists to respect law enforcement. She addresses them as “American Patriots.” The tweet is later deleted.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi calls Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to confirm that the state is sending reinforcements to the Capitol. Northam assures her that is the case, and Virginia National Guard troops are preparing to head to the Capitol despite the Defense Dept. not authorizing activation.
Minutes later, Army Sec. McCarthy informs Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer that the D.C. National Guard has been mobilized and will be ready to move to the Capitol soon, upon further authorization from the Defense Dept. A similar call is made to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Metro Police.
At 3:33 p.m., Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign sends a text message to supporters that says he is “leading the fight” against the election certification and asks them to stand with him.
Three minutes later, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweets that the National Guard and other forces are heading to the Capitol. This is a lie. The Defense Dept. has not approved any movement to the Capitol.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan activates the Maryland National Guard, anticipating a request from the DoD. Schumer begs Pentagon officials to have Trump tweet the terrorists that they should leave the building.
By the end of the house, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Daniel Hokanson has called officials in both Maryland and Virginia to discuss preparing their guardsmen. Both states inform Hokanson that they’ve already activated them.
Throughout all of this, terrorists destroy government property, steal Nancy Pelosi’s nameplate and laptop, access lawmakers’ mail and emails, spread feces on the walls, and continue to have standoffs with the police. More people are wounded.
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