Rick Scott wants National Guard out of U.S. Capitol
Rick Scott had his say on national television Sunday. Image via AP

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Scott described the presence as having occurred for 'months on end.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott drilled down on the continued National Guard deployment at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, saying he was “flabbergasted” and bemoaning a detail he claims has lasted for “months on end.”

By mid-afternoon, Scott was calling for those troops to return to their home states.

“Thankful for the [troops] keeping us safe. These brave individuals have been away from their homes & families for weeks. But no one from today’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing seemed to know why. It’s time to reevaluate the rationale for keeping them in D.C. & get them back home,” Scott tweeted.

Scott’s tweet followed up comments in that hearing Tuesday afternoon in the Senate on the Capitol Riots, in which he asked various law enforcement officials who were in place that fateful day about the decision to have an ongoing National Guard presence.

“We’ve had National Guards up here, I guess, since around the 6th. Can you tell us how you made the decision to bring the National Guard here, each of you,” Scott asked.

He went on to clarify, “the National Guard presence that’s here now.”

“As a result of the riot, the National Guard has put up the fencing and all that,” Scott added.

As Scott asked questions of various law enforcement officials who were in place during the siege of the Capitol, he continued to introduce editorial comments, including wondering “why was it set up so they would be there for what seems like now months on end?”

“What was the purpose of the original — the National Guard that came and put up the fencing? What was the rationale and what was the threat assessment,” Scott asked former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who left the department on Jan. 8.

Sund noted the insurrection on Jan. 6 drove the decision, but Scott was undeterred.

He posed the question to the rest of the witnesses, goading for “threat assessments” with statements like “nobody has any idea why we have the National Guard here.”

Scott continued to stack quotes along the same theme, as if setting up a case against ongoing deployment. He asked at one point: “Who would be making the decision and where does the threat assessment come from? Does anybody know?”

“I’m flabbergasted that there’s no public information about why we have these National Guards here,” he said at another point to a witness.

Scott, who helms the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has been in the limelight since the Capitol attacks.

He was one of just a handful of senators to vote against the certification of all states’ electors, objecting to Pennsylvania’s slate even after the pro-Trump rioters successfully waylaid the certification process. He dealt with questions about his viability heading up the Senate campaign arm in the weeks after the Capitol riots.

Florida troops are not up there, however. Weeks back, Gov. Ron DeSantis called for the end of what he called a “half-cocked mission.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com


4 comments

  • Frankie M.

    February 23, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    It’s telling that Scott doesn’t ask what the threat assessment looked like on January 5th. For a guy who loves law & order Ricky hasn’t embraced the new normal police state yet.

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  • Ocean Joe

    February 23, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Scott doesn’t realize his crowd caused the changed landscape. He wants to blame Nancy Pelosi, antifa, anybody but his hero who winked at white supremacists since Charlottesville, “I understand they like me” was all Trump needed to hear, stand back and stand by, he told them and then “you’re special, and we love you” of people who ransacked our capitol, killed a cop, disrupted our government, and smeared excrement on the walls. And then Scott runs to Mar-A-Lago to discuss “strategy.”

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  • Karellen

    February 23, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Sick Rick doesn’t understand why the National Guard is still in D.C. Maybe I can help the swindler out a little here. It’s because fellow members of the delusional GQP are planning for the Tumeric Turd’s “Inauguration” on March 4th.
    As we witnessed during the Insurrection these people are extremely violent and intent on overthrowing the Government. Perhaps that’s exactly what Ricky wants.

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  • tom palmer

    February 24, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    I was thinking that Scott ought to leave the Capitol, too, but it will take an election to do that, I guess

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