The federal government is having the National Guard brace for violence and mayhem before during and after the election. Two units of their military police are now on standby with 600 troops divided in two groups equally split between Alabama and Arizona, Pentagon officials confirmed on Wednesday.
National Guard troops for rapid riot deployment
The National Guard MP’s are on alert for rapid riot response as needed, with the troops all set “to deploy within 24 hours if requested by a governor in another state.” The forces in “Alabama would respond in the eastern half of the country, and those in Arizona would respond in the west.” They also have “more than $200,000 in new protective equipment.” Along with high tech riot gear, they all have “increased troop training on proper procedures in dealing with protests.”
A spokesman for the National Guard, General Daniel Hokanson, explains “our goal is to protect the people and property in the communities where we live and serve. This task force will allow us to do so with more speed and efficiency.” If the local officials won’t provide law and order, they will.
Another “military official” who wouldn’t reveal his identity to The Hill, “would not say whether the units were put in place in response to possible violence and civil unrest after the presidential election.” If that happens, they’ll be ready but “the official stressed that the units were set up as part of ‘standard procedure’ in case state governors requested support and that they would not deploy unless a governor asked for assistance.”
Not a new concept
The official also pointed out that “National Guard support of elections is not a new concept.” It just hasn’t been used in a while. “If [governors] request assistance, they will be able to contact the National Guard to support the police while the police are the front lines.” Everyone is used to the way they often help out after natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods, and fires but they’re also specialists in quelling “civil unrest.”
It’s been a violent summer with liberal cities across America going up in flames with rampant looting and general mayhem in the streets, in the guise of “peaceful” protests. The National Guard took a lot of heat over the battle for Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. across from the White House. They were forced to deploy tear gas and smoke grenades against violent rioters trying to burn down a historic church on the other side of the park.
General Mark Milley, who’s the biggest of the big brass as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has reassured lawmakers that having the National Guard on standby is just a precaution. He “didn’t see the military playing a role in any possible election-related disputes.” Conservative Americans fear that when President Donald Trump wins the election, Democrats might not accept the outcome and try to illegally seize control.