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Banks Discusses Claim That Trump Ordered National Guard Troops to Deploy on Jan. 6 in AP Article

October 26, 2022

The Associated Press

William C. Banks

William C. Banks


A baseless claim has resurfaced that former President Donald Trump signed an order to deploy 20,000 National Guard troops before his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but was stopped by the House sergeant at arms, at the behest of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Guard troops are generally controlled by governors, though they can be federalized, says William C. Banks, professor emeritus of public administration and international affairs. The online claims “make no sense at all,” Banks says, adding, “The House sergeant at arms, he or she is not in the chain of command. Nor is Nancy Pelosi.” 

Read more in the Associated Press article, "NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week."


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