[Ed. – Good question. Does any Democrat have an answer?]
There were roughly 25,000 National Guard members in Washington for the inauguration of President Joe Biden. It has been normal practice to have some National Guard in town for inaugurations, but 25,000 was way too many. The deployment was in large part an overreaction to the Capitol riot of January 6.
Now, 5,000 are still here. The inauguration was nearly two weeks ago. It went off without incident. There is no need for troops in Washington. And yet, if you go to the federal area of Washington, you’ll find tall fencing and razor wire creating a huge militarized zone around the Capitol, with National Guard members guarding it from inside the fence. The barrier is not just on the perimeter of the Capitol. It extends for blocks beyond the building in every direction.