To hear Democrats tell it, then-President Donald Trump had to be begged to call out the National Guard during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — clear evidence of insurrection, at least to them.
However, as Townhall.com’s Deroy Murdock pointed out, the person who asked for the National Guard to be deployed to assist federal and local law enforcement.– a week before the event — was none other than Trump himself. And Democrat Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser refused the scope of the assistance.
As Murdock noted in a Thursday article, Bowser had requested D.C. National Guard troops for the pro-Trump protests planned for Jan. 6, 2021 on Dec. 31, 2020.
Christopher Miller, who was then-acting secretary of Defense, said Trump “authorized the use of the military to support local and federal law enforcement on 6 Jan.,” adding: “He directed that I provide whatever support was requested. Absolutely true statement.”
“I told POTUS that we were fulfilling the only request received — it was from D.C. Mayor Bowser — for a few hundred District of Columbia National Guard troops and that no one else asked for any additional military support,” Miller told Townhall.
“The President scoffed and said, ‘You’ll need ten to twenty thousand.’ I did not respond,” Miller added.
“He then reiterated that I should provide any military support requested. That was the way he worked and gave orders. He listened, asked questions, commented and then, if necessary, refined his guidance.”
“So, technically, he authorized unlimited military support.”
“I was there with SECDEF, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and others. There’s zero chance the DoD doesn’t have a record of that. DoD spoke to Capitol Police (who report to Nancy Pelosi) before Jan. 6 multiple times, and they repeatedly rejected any National Guard assistance, as did D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.”
Records seem to back this up. It wasn’t the administration, however, who put the kibosh on this.
“But Mayor Bowser had other plans. Fretting, in part, that the sight of GIs on the streets might stir “confusion among residents and visitors,” Bowser barred the National Guard from D.C., against President Trump’s express wishes,” Murdock wrote.
“As she wrote the Pentagon and Justice Department on January 5: ‘To be clear, the District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD if such plans are underway.’”
As Murdock noted, “things went haywire outside the Capitol” as the battle over whether to challenge certain states’ slates of electors. But whose fault was this — and was a conspiracy on Trump’s part at play? The evidence says no.
“If Trump really wanted his supporters, somehow, to torpedo the Electoral College and overthrow Congress, why would he simultaneously approve ‘unlimited military support’ that would stop them cold? (Did Trump also order one of his fans to plant a pipe bomb at the Republican National Committee? How would that have advanced Trump’s putsch plans?),” Murdock wrote.
“If this information seems like breaking news, don’t be surprised,” he wrote.
“Democrats, their comrades in the Left-wing media, and the rest of Hate Trump, Inc. have bet everything on the ‘Trump masterminded January 6′ Big Lie. Concrete evidence that Trump greenlighted thousands of troops to protect the Nation’s Capital that day could sweep their chips off the table. So, the facts in this article have been pounded down the memory hole.”
As for the principals in this affair, the Democrats’ Jan. 6 commission is currently in the midst of subpoenaing and/or holding in contempt of court virtually any Trump supporter they can get their hands on. Bowser, meanwhile, is seeking a third term as mayor of Washington, D.C., one she is likely to win.