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Fort Capitol: Hundreds of National Guard troops sleep with their rifles on Congress stone floor

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Capitol by U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht is licensed under flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Hundreds of National Guard troops are sleeping on the stone floor of the US Capitol as security intensifies in Washington DC and the capital goes into lockdown a week out from Joe Biden's inauguration. 

The troops, which descended on DC in the wake of last week's MAGA mob riots, were spotted cradling their weapons as they slept on the floor of the Capitol on Wednesday morning.
 
It is reportedly the first time troops have set up camp in the Capitol since the Civil War.  

The National Guard has been authorized to send a total of 15,000 troops to Washington to help safeguard the capital ahead of Biden's inauguration. 
Capitol by U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht is licensed under flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic