According to national news sources, two members of the National Guard have been removed from duties surrounding the inauguration of Joe Biden. The New York Times says they had “links to right-wing extremist movements,” citing a Pentagon official who declined to provide details about what type of vetting is being done on the 25,000 men and women being assigned to protect the inauguration. The two were from two different states.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller said that the FBI is aiding the military in vetting the troops for the inauguration, which takes place on Wednesday amid a strong public backlash from those who believe the election was stolen.
A new report says that the NRA, Turning Point USA, and Patriot Guard Riders are three of many non-militia groups on the list that FBI is using to cross reference in vetting for potential “extremists.”
Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said he was outraged about the extra political purity test being given to National Guard members and said he would not have sent his troops had he known about it.
Of the 25,000 guardsmen deployed to Washington, D.C., 80 were from Alaska.