It’s been one week since a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, and security looks very different now than it did on that deadly day.
As lawmakers debated and voted on an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, battle-ready National Guard troops were camped out amongst the artwork in the Capitol Rotunda, as well as in the Capitol Visitor Center. Many spent the night huddled together sleeping on the marble floors of the building.
One guardsman politely declined the suggestion of a cot, telling HuffPost he was afraid it would “destroy the floors of one of the coolest buildings in the world.”
Others were as astonished to find themselves on duty inside the Capitol as the staffers and lawmakers who work there every day.
“If I walked into my place of work tomorrow and I saw this, I’d be stunned myself,” one guardsman told HuffPost.
A third said the scene was “one for the history books.”
“We haven’t seen this in over 160 years, since the Civil War,” he added, noting the last time military troops were quartered at the Capitol, under the direction of President Abraham Lincoln.
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