Sen. Mike Lee Blames “Ungrateful Mayor” for Utah National Guard Being “Kicked Out” of DC Hotels

Senator Mike Lee tweeted Thursday:

Just heard that Mayor Bowser is kicking the Utah National Guard out of all DC hotels tomorrow. More than 1200 troops from 10 states are being evicted. This is unacceptable. 1/2

These brave men and women have risked their lives protecting DC for three days. Rioting, looting, arson, and vandalism have all disappeared bc these soldiers served. And now they are being kicked to the curb by an ungrateful mayor. This must be stopped. 2/2

SaltLakeCity Tribune reports Utah National Guard soldiers and other forces from states deployed to the nation’s capital were forced out of their hotels on Friday morning in what Sen. Mike Lee called an eviction by an “ungrateful mayor.”

The mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, said this week that she wanted National Guard troops out of the district, which has seen days of protests — some of which have been violent — over racial injustice and the death of black Americans at police hands.

Utah’s 200 soldiers in the nation’s capital had been staying at a Marriott hotel near downtown Washington since their activation on Monday but were checking out Friday after being deployed to various parts of the capital city until the early morning hours.

The Utah Guard had until noon Eastern Time to depart their hotel and lodging and other accommodations were “still up in the air for this evening,” said Lee’s spokesman Conn Carroll.

Carroll said the issue has nothing to do with the Constitution’s 3rd Amendment — which prohibits forcing a homeowner to quarter troops without the owner’s consent — but a political move by Bowser.

“This is a political choice by the mayor’s office to cancel a contract for lodging between D.C. and the Guard,” Carroll said.

Lee, a Utah Republican, took to Fox News and later Twitter on Thursday night to blast the mayor’s action.

“Just heard that Mayor Bowser is kicking the Utah National Guard out of all DC hotels tomorrow. More than 1,200 troops from 10 states are being evicted. This is unacceptable,” Lee tweeted Thursday night.