Categories
Guard security

The security guard blurted ‘I love you’ to Joe Biden in an elevator. One viral video later, she nominated him for president. – The Washington Post

WILMINGTON, Del. — She was last seen blurting “I love you” to Joe Biden as she escorted him in an elevator to an editorial board meeting at the New York Times last December, part of an exchange that went viral as the Biden campaign cast her adulation as a bigger deal than the news organization’s endorsement, which he lost.

On Tuesday night, Jacquelyn Brittany, a 31-year-old African American security guard, did something else for Biden: she became the first person to put his name into nomination for president. Her role was first disclosed by The Washington Post.

Jacquelyn epitomized for the Biden campaign the dynamics of the primaries: The hopes of Biden, who was spurned by others, rested on Black women and working-class voters, who would eventually resurrect his campaign.

On Tuesday, she praised Biden as “my friend.”

“I take powerful people up my elevator all the time,” said Jacquelyn, who requested that The Post identify her by her first and middle name, Brittany. “In the short time I spent with Joe Biden, I could tell he really saw me.”

“I knew, even when he went into his important meeting, he’d take my story with him,” she said.

As others have on the first two nights of the convention, she contrasted her view of Biden with Trump.

“Joe Biden has room in his heart for more than just himself,” she said.

In an interview with The Post before her nomination remarks, Jacquelyn said she has followed Biden since he became Barack Obama’s running mate. “I just like Joe. I’ve always liked him,” she said.

She said she finds inspiration in his life story and the tragedies he has endured — the deaths of his first wife and daughter in a December 1972 car accident and of his son to brain cancer in May 2015.

“He’s been through so much. And he doesn’t show it on the outside. He may feel it on the inside — and I’m that type of person,” she said, adding that her outward cheer masks a difficult life, including stints in foster care as a child.

Jacquelyn said she had not realized that she was going to be filmed for the episode of the Times’ cable show, The Weekly, which included Biden’s visit to the news organization. But in December, before Biden arrived for his interview, she chatted with an aide and revealed that she was thrilled to be escorting him upstairs.

“Once he came in, he was just genuinely, genuinely nice to people. We don’t get that from everybody,” Jacquelyn said.

For most of the elevator ride, Jacquelyn was silent — she does not speak to guests she is escorting unless they first speak to her — but her mind was racing. “I kept thinking to myself, this was a person I want to lead the country,” she said, adding that she was thinking it could be her only chance to talk with him.

The aide prompted her, suggesting that she say something to the former vice president. Jacquelyn turned to look at Biden, and he smiled at her and said “Hi,” she recalled.

“That was my time,” she remembered thinking.

“I love you,” she told him. “I do. You’re like my favorite.” (She told The Post she regretted saying “like” in that sentence.)

Biden thanked her and asked if she had a camera, and the two posed for a selfie that he took with her phone. As Biden took the photo, she said, she suddenly realized that the exchange had been caught on video.

Two of Biden’s primary foes got the Times endorsement — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). But when asked about that snub, Biden seized on his moment with Jacquelyn: “I got something better. I got to meet Jacquelyn,” he said in Waukee, Iowa.

Jacquelyn said she has bristled at online commentary suggesting that she was merely star-struck by Biden in the moment. A week earlier, she said, she had escorted Oprah Winfrey into the building and had not made a big show of that.

She said that she has never escorted President Trump and does not want to.

“I keep telling them, ‘If he comes, I’m taking off that day.’ ”

She joined Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) to enter Biden’s name into nomination ahead of Tuesday night’s roll call vote.

Jacquelyn has watched other Democratic conventions, and she said the idea of nominating Biden was “overwhelming.”

“I never thought I would be in a position to do this,” she said. “I never thought I was worthy enough to do this.”

Read More

Categories
Guard National

National Guard major will dispute top administration officials over decision to clear protesters near White House – CNN

Washington (CNN)A top National Guard official will tell Congress that the widely criticized decision to forcefully clear protesters from a park outside the White House last month was made even though demonstrators were acting peacefully, a view at odds with public comments by top Trump administration officials.

The prepared testimony of DC National Guard Major Adam D. DeMarco, who is set to appear before a hearing on Tuesday, challenges Attorney General William Barr’s account of the dispersal.
“The demonstrators were behaving peacefully, exercising their First Amendment rights,” DeMarco is expected to say, adding he was surprised the clearing operation began well in advance of a 7 p.m. ET curfew set by Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Barr has previously defended the use of force to clear the protesters, saying his decision to disperse protesters followed signs that the crowd was “becoming increasingly unruly.” The removal, he said, had nothing to do with a photo-op staged by President Donald Trump minutes later, in which he walked across Lafayette Square to hold a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had suffered damage in protests the night before.
DeMarco’s testimony, however, says Barr and other officials arrived in Lafayette Square at 6:05 p.m., adding that the attorney general observed protesters and “appeared to confer with Park Police officers.” DeMarco’s testimony suggests he was not part of that meeting, and instead was briefing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley.
“At around 6:20 p.m., after the Attorney General and General Milley departed Lafayette Square, the Park Police issued the first of three warning announcements to the demonstrators, directing them to disperse,” DeMarco is expected to say.
After CNN and other news outlets reported that Barr ordered the area cleared, Barr told The Associated Press that he did not give “tactical commands.”
“So my attitude was get it done, but I didn’t say, ‘Go do it,'” Barr said.
DeMarco says he was not informed that Trump would visit the church in the area that was cleared.
“The President’s arrival was a complete surprise, as we had not been briefed that he would enter our sector,” DeMarco’s testimony says.
Top Trump administration officials have claimed the use of force was justified against protesters they have described as violent, despite eyewitness accounts disputing that characterization.
Trump has shared a letter on Twitter that referred to the protesters as “terrorists,” and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told House Natural Resources Chairman Raul Grijalva of Arizona that protesters were “assaulting law enforcement with projectiles while threatening to storm the secured areas.”
This story is breaking and will be updated.

Read More

Categories
Guard National

Utah National Guard troops deployed to D.C. evicted from hotel, Sen. Mike Lee says – Salt Lake Tribune

Washington • Sen. Mike Lee took to Twitter and Fox News on Thursday night to blast the “ungrateful mayor” of the District of Columbia for evicting Utah National Guard soldiers deployed to the nation’s capital from their hotel.

But Mayor Muriel Bowser’s decision — which left the some 200 Utah soldiers homeless for a few hours — appears to be more nuanced, though she did call for Guard soldiers not from the District of Columbia to leave the city.

“Just heard that Mayor Bowser is kicking the Utah National Guard out of all DC hotels tomorrow. More than 1,200 troops from 10 states are being evicted. This is unacceptable,” Lee tweeted Thursday night.

These brave men and women have risked their lives protecting DC for three days. Rioting, looting, arson, and vandalism have all disappeared bc these soldiers served. And now they are being kicked to the curb by an ungrateful mayor. This must be stopped. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/YYyctKvUqN

— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) June 5, 2020

“These brave men and women have risked their lives protecting DC for three days,” the Utah Republican added in another tweet. “Rioting, looting, arson, and vandalism have all disappeared [because] these soldiers served. And now they are being kicked to the curb by an ungrateful mayor. This must be stopped.”

“At no time did we intend or certainly would be able to affect evicting any guardsmen from any hotel,” Bowser said at a news conference, adding that, “our message to the hotel was that if they’re going to use the rooms that we reserved, then [the other Guard units] have to pay for them or you have to refund us our money. And that we understood it would just be a matter of the Guard or the Army making those arrangements. So those out-of-state troops would be covered either by the Army or their home states, not by D.C. residents.”

Senator — until they are recalled home — which I have formally requested from the President, your troops are in DC hotels. However, DC residents cannot pay their hotel bills. The Army can clear that up with the hotel today, and we are willing to help. https://t.co/WZypXMubxl

— Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC (@MurielBowser) June 5, 2020

Bowser also tweeted at Lee: “Senator — until they are recalled home — which I have formally requested from the President, your troops are in DC hotels. However, DC residents cannot pay their hotel bills. The Army can clear that up with the hotel today, and we are willing to help.“

The federal district had not requested National Guard troops; they were sent by the Pentagon as President Donald Trump called for more military action to halt the protests.

Some 4,500 National Guard soldiers have been deployed in the nation’s capital, from at least 10 states. Utah’s troops were some of the first on the ground, though they have stressed they’re in a support role for federal and local law enforcement and not policing the city.

The Utah National Guard said Friday afternoon a new hotel had been found but did not say if it was in the District of Columbia or who was paying for the rooms.

Trump tweaked Bowser on Friday afternoon, arguing she was now fighting with National Guard troops that saved her from “embarrassment” during the sometimes-violent protests in the city.

The incompetent Mayor of Washington, D.C., @MayorBowser, who’s budget is totally out of control and is constantly coming back to us for “handouts”, is now fighting with the National Guard, who saved her from great embarrassment…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2020

“If she doesn’t treat these men and women well, then we’ll bring in a different group of men and women!” Trump said, though it was unclear if he meant other Guard troops or active duty soldiers as he has threatened to call up.

Read More