HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a tradition to have several states send additional support to the capitol on Inauguration Day. This time, the U.S. National Guard has requested even more help after last week’s deadly riots.
Governor Ned Lamont has authorized the deployment of more than 100 members of the Connecticut National Guard to Washington, DC “to ensure the peaceful transition of presidential power and protect our democracy.”
This comes nearly a week after pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol building in DC in a violent riot that sent lawmakers, staffers, and reporters into undisclosed locations to shelter. This as Congress in a joint session was in the midst of affirming Joe Biden’s presidential election win.
Governor Lamont said Tuesday, the state’s Air Guard has placed C-130H aircraft and crews on alert status. That aircraft is capable of moving personnel across the country if needed, the gov. says.
Governor Lamont stressed that the deployment of National Guard members to DC will not impact the ongoing efforts in CT to maintain and combat COVID-19.
They will also be sending down a few explosive detection dogs.
Captain David Pytlik says this is a very fast process, and they’ll do whatever they can to support the event.
“The worries are that we see a variety of what we saw last week,” Captain David Pytlik. “We need to do everything in our power to try and protect people, protect lives, protect property, and make sure there’s a safe transition of power.”
In a press conference, Monday Governor Ned Lamont said they are prepared for protests in Connecticut. but he feels strongly we won’t have any problems.