US Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy Waited Hours to Send National Guard to Capitol Riot: Report

U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy – who deployed National Guard helicopters and troops against Black Lives Matter protesters in June 2020 — was asked to send the National Guard to the U.S. Capitol, which was being overrun by Trump supporting rioters, but he waited hours to act, reports The Wall Street Journal:

President Trump, in his speech that capped Wednesday’s rally, urged his supporters to march the mile to the Capitol, where a joint session of Congress was due to ratify Democrat Joe Biden’s election as president. When the pro-Trump crowd descended, police were quickly overrun…

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy got the first of several calls from Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser. Trump supporters were breaching the Capitol, overwhelming police officers, and Ms. Bowser wanted D.C. National Guard soldiers for reinforcement.

Pentagon officials asked for clarification, saying they needed a request based on capabilities rather than number of forces, defense officials said…

In those hours, the mob rioted through the halls and offices of Congress, in the first siege of the building by American citizens. Five people died, including a woman shot by police as she climbed through a smashed door pane outside the House chamber and a police officer fatally injured after being struck in the head with a fire extinguisher…

By late afternoon, the Pentagon, which has to approve National Guard deployments in the capital, authorized the mobilization of 1,100 D.C. National Guard soldiers and 6,200 from six states…

(Sources: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Photo Credit: National Press Club/YouTube)

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