CNN anchor Chris Cuomo ranted about the troop buildup in Washington D.C. during Monday’s broadcast, saying, “25,000 National Guard members must protect our democracy from ourselves.”
“We can no longer boast peaceful transfer of power. There is no peace. We must be suspicious of even the peacekeepers. All are being vetted by the FBI ahead of Wednesday to ensure that none will turn on their country and pose an insider threat. We used to have to do that in Iraq, by the way.”
Moments later, Fredo proclaimed "we must be suspicious" of our National Guard troops stationed in DC "to ensure that none will turn on their country and pose an insider threat. We used to have to do that in Iraq, by the way."
Bashing the troops. This is CNN. pic.twitter.com/alA3RNjLU4
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) January 19, 2021
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) was infuriated by the vetting of National Guard members, calling it the most offensive thing he’s ever heard.
“This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard,” he wrote on Twitter Monday. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard. @TexasGuard I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.”
On Tuesday, two members of the Army National Guard were removed from their inauguration day posts for allegedly having ties to “fringe right-group militias.”
The supposed right-wing group or groups have not been identified.