U.S. military officials revealed the staggering figure on February 4th.
The deployments – which even saw National Guardsmen be relegated to sleeping in parking garages – was part of the Democratic Party ploy to capitalize on the events of January 6th and ensure no one could make it near Joe Biden’s inauguration. Democrats on Capitol Hill were afraid Biden and Harris would attract such small crowds they decided to close the National Mall in its entirety instead, citing COVID and national security concerns.
As reported by the Associated Press:
“The deployment brought troops in from all 50 states and four territories as law enforcement agencies tried to lock down the Capitol for the inauguration of the President Joe Biden. Thousands of Guard members poured into the nation’s capital and were stationed across the city to block traffic and protect lawmakers and landmarks. Officials said the nearly $500 million includes the costs of transporting Guard troops from their states to Washington, their salaries and benefits, as well as housing and other essentials.”
The sum is expected to cover the National Guard’s cost through mid-March, as 5,000 to 7,000 troops are expected to stay in the area until then.
From January 7th to March 14th, the expected end date of the guard’s deployment, the cost averages out to roughly $7,500,000 per day.