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Does a Video Show National Guard Troops Turning Their Back on Joe Biden?
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Does a Video Show National Guard Troops Turning Their Back on Joe Biden?

There is no evidence to support the claim.

Since President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, there have been a number of social media posts and articles circulating, alleging that National Guard troops “turned their backs” on President Joe Biden’s motorcade as a way to protest his inauguration. 

One YouTube video, featuring a 21-second clip taken from inside a vehicle along the parade route, shows members of the National Guard facing away from the vehicle.

There’s no evidence to support claims that National Guard troops were protesting Joe Biden.  

Nahaku McFadden, a spokesperson for the National Guard, said in an email to The Dispatch Fact Check: “These National Guardsmen were on duty with a mission to protect the president against potential threats. Some are facing out to ensure the safety of all.”

After a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the Secret Service increased security for Biden’s inauguration, including 25,000 troops and law-enforcement officers. National Guard troops were also used to provide security for Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2016, with approximately 7,800 National Guard troops in total. As an additional security measure, the FBI vetted all National Guard troops in response to some former military members’ involvement in storming the Capitol on January 6, as reported by the Associated Press.

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Khaya Himmelman is a fact checker for The Dispatch. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Barnard College.