DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Thought She Needed Just a Few Hundred National Guard, Unarmed


In this daily series, Newsweek explores the steps that led to the January 6 Capitol Riot.

On Thursday, December 31, says the current accepted narrative, the District of Columbia mayor rang an alarm about protests at the Joint Session of Congress. In fact, the opposite is true. What the mayor did, was ask for the minimal number of National Guardsmen and women to help out the Metropolitan Police Department, and she warned that those troops should be unarmed and not directly involve themselves in any protests.

Mayor Muriel Bowser sent a letter on New Year’s Eve to Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, requesting support on January 5 through 6. She said Guard personnel would support the MPD and the District Fire and Emergency Medical Services. “[N]o DCNG personnel shall be armed during this mission, and at no time, will DCNG personnel…

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