After an image went viral of National Guard troops sleeping on the floor in DC, Jill Biden, the new First Lady of the United States, has took it upon herself to pay them a visit - with cookies!
She took the visit in order to say thank you to the troops and to offer her gratitude for keeping her family safe too.
Here's the full story...
It all started a few weeks back.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.
It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets...
Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them, "Go home, we love you, you're very special."
Shortly afterward, all of his social media accounts were suspended indefinitely.
Now, a week on from the violence, people from all across the world remain in a state of shock from what they witnessed...
And the thing that has perhaps saddened people the most was the amount of security and law enforcement working at the Capitol that day who were ruthlessly targeted by the rioters.
So many police officers and security guards had their lives put at risk.
Trump supporters hold down, surround, and beat a Capitol Police Officer during their violent insurrection.— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 10, 2021
He’s literally surrounded by Trump flags and hats.
Waiting on confirmation on whether or not this is Brian Sicknick, who was murdered by them.
This is Trump-ism. pic.twitter.com/E6OK4Q2pQC
Shocking footage even emerged of a cop being trampled and beaten by the rioters while laying helplessly on the ground.
But, regardless of the risk that the police and security guards were in...
They ultimately saved so many lives on that day with their brave and heroic actions.
And now, a shocking picture has been shared showing the aftermath of the riots...
Members of the National Guard protecting the Capitol were seen trying to get some much-needed sleep, using a cold, marble floor as a bed.
It's the embodiment of the phrase, "No rest for the weary."
The Guard was protecting the building in the wake of the attack after some rioters vowed to murder members of Congress.
With their weapons by their side, these guardsmen and guardswomen know how fragile the peace is...
And, despite enormous security surrounding the building, there is an ongoing, immediate threat.
Some are blaming Donald Trump.
Members of our National Guard made to sleep (alongside their rifles) on the cold, marble floor of the US Capitol. All to protect members of Congress from FELLOW CITIZENS.— Schyler Conaway (@schylerconaway) January 13, 2021
This doesn’t fix itself on 1/21.
The world is watching. Which side are you on? pic.twitter.com/v0x29eEYUg
And many are saying that it's his fault for 'turning up the heat'.
As we reported, the insurrectionists have vowed to stage protests in all fifty state capitals...
A very different scene from a week ago. Today, members of the National Guard- some catching-up on sleep in the Rotunda- are present in the #Capitol ahead of today’s historic #impeachment vote pic.twitter.com/RBXoTBo0Uv— Suzanne Lynch (@suzannelynch1) January 13, 2021
As well as the United States Capitol, and many have promised violence.
People were worried about Biden's inauguration.
But thankfully it went to plan pretty smoothly.
The photo of the National Guard sparked outrage in the states.
Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer—why are American troops who are tasked with keeping security at the Capitol being forced to sleep in a parking lot?— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 22, 2021
They deserve to be treated with respect, and we deserve answers. pic.twitter.com/J0R2dRC8bM
And now Jill Biden herself has offered her help.
By bringing them cookies.
"I'm a National Guard mom... I just wanted to say thank you from President Biden and from the whole—the entire Biden family."— ABC News (@ABC) January 22, 2021
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden surprised National Guard at the Capitol with chocolate chip cookies in appreciation of their service. https://t.co/yzMWWOq911 pic.twitter.com/0sYwFOdgX7
Footage of Biden handing out cookies to the soldiers went viral.
She wanted to thank them for their service.
And for keeping her and her family safe.
The masked First Lady told troops:
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visits National Guard troops stationed outside the US Capitol in DC:— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 22, 2021
"I just wanted to come today to say thank you to all of you for keeping me and my family safe ... The White House baked you some chocolate chip cookies." pic.twitter.com/lv33IZeblq
I wanted to come today to say thank you to all of you for keeping me and my family safe. I know that you left your home states.
Her and Joe's son, Beau was in the National Guard.
FL Dr. Jill Biden visiting the National Guard at the Capitol:— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) January 22, 2021
"I just wanted to come today to say thank you to all of you for keeping me and my family safe ... The White House baked you some chocolate chip cookies."pic.twitter.com/4PaXkRa0aX
She referenced her son, writing:
I'm a National Guard mom. Thank you from President Biden and from the entire Biden family. I truly appreciate all that you do.
Certainly a nice gesture.