D.C. National Guard Chief Fired Days Before Trump Inauguration: "The Timing Is Extremely Unusual"

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"It doesn’t make sense to can the general in the middle of an active deployment," rages D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) after Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, who heads the D.C. National Guard and is an integral part of overseeing the inauguration, has been ordered removed from command effective Jan. 20, 12:01 p.m., just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president.


As The Washington Post reports, Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz’s departure will come in the midst of the presidential ceremony, classified as a national special security event — and while thousands of his troops are deployed to help protect the nation’s capital during an inauguration he has spent months helping to plan.

“The timing is extremely unusual,” Schwartz said in an interview Friday morning, confirming a memo announcing his ouster that was obtained by The Washington Post.


During the inauguration, Schwartz would command not only the members of the D.C. guard but also an additional 5,000 unarmed troops sent in from across the country to help. He also would oversee military air support protecting the nation’s capital during the inauguration.


“My troops will be on the street,” Schwartz, who turned 65 in October, said, “I’ll see them off but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” He said that he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”


Schwartz, who was appointed to head the guard by President George W. Bush in 2008, maintained the position through President Obama’s two terms. He said his orders came from the Pentagon but that he doesn’t know who made the decision.


D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) blasted the decision to remove Schwartz, especially on Inauguration Day.


“It doesn’t make sense to can the general in the middle of an active deployment,” Mendelson said. He added that Schwartz’s sudden departure would be a long-term loss for the District. “He’s been really very good at working with the community and my impression was that he was good for the Guard.”

Unlike in states, where the governor appoints the National Guard commander, in the District that duty falls to the president.

Schwartz said that he has not been told why he was asked to step down. “I’m a soldier,” he said, noting that he was following orders and has no regrets. “I’m a presidential appointee, therefore the president has the power to remove me.”

Is this just another part of Obama's "smooth" transition? Or is something even more sinister at work here, since we already know that anti-Trump activists are planning "the biggest protest in US history" on the day of the inauguration?

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As we noted previously, radical leftists are planning to make January 20th the most chaotic Inauguration Day in American history.  Their stated goal is to “disrupt” the Inauguration festivities as much as possible, and they are planning a wide range of “actions” to achieve that stated goal.  Some of the more moderate groups are using terms such as “civil resistance” and “civil disobedience”, but others are openly talking about “blockades”, jumping barricades, throwing projectiles and “citywide paralysis”.  My hope is that all of their efforts will turn out to be a big flop, but it is important to understand that these groups are well funded, highly organized and extremely motivated.  The election of Donald Trump has been perhaps the single most galvanizing moment for the radical left in modern American history, and they are working very hard to turn January 20th into a major political statement.

In fact, just recently one activist group took out a full page ad in the New York Times

Thousands of activists, journalists, scientists, entertainers, and other prominent voices took out a full-page call to action in the New York Times on Wednesday making clear their rejection of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence with the simple message: “No!”


“Stop the Trump/Pence regime before it starts! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America!” the ad states, followed by a list of signatories that includes scholar Cornel West; author Alice Walker; Chase Iron Eyes of the Standing Rock Sioux; educator Bill Ayers; poet Saul Williams; CNN‘s Marc Lamont Hill; Carl Dix of the Communist Party USA; and numerous others.

The ad pointed people to refusefascism.org, and it asserted that Trump must be stopped whether he was legitimately elected or not

Trump promises to inflict repression and suffering on people in this country, to deport millions, to increase violence up to the use of nuclear weapons on people across the globe, and to inflict catastrophes upon the planet itself. He has assembled a cabinet of Christian fundamentalist fanatics, war mongers, racists, science deniers. NO! His regime must not be allowed to consolidate. We REFUSE to accept a Fascist America!

If you go to refusefascism.org, you will discover that the protests that they are organizing in Washington D.C. will begin on January 14th.  They say that they want to “stop the Trump-Pence regime before it starts”, and they hope to have protests going “every day and every night” without interruption through at least January 20th.

Another group that plans to kick things off on January 14th is DisruptJ20.  Of course that is short for “Disrupt January 20th”.  If you go to their official website, you will find a long slate of events that have already been scheduled.

According to Legba Carrefour, a spokesperson for DisruptJ20, one of the goals of the group is to block major transportation routes into and throughout our nation’s capital.  And he is not shy about the fact that they literally want to “shut down the Inauguration”

“We are planning to shut down the inauguration, that’s the short of it,” he says. “We’re pretty literal about that, we are trying to create citywide paralysis on a level that I don’t think has been seen in D.C. before. We’re trying to shut down pretty much every ingress into the city as well as every checkpoint around the actual inauguration parade route.”

If Carrefour and his fellow conspirators are able to actually accomplish that, it truly would be unprecedented.

And while DisruptJ20 is not publicly advocating violence, they are not exactly discouraging it either…

Carrefour says DisruptJ20 has no publicly announced plans to jump barricades along the inauguration parade route or throw projectiles at the new president, but that autonomous direct actions are encouraged.


“I can’t comment on specific stuff we’re doing like that, mostly because that would be illegal. But, yeah, it will get pretty crazy, I expect,” he says. “‘Have fun!’ I say.”

After the rioting that we have seen in Baltimore, Ferguson, Charlotte and many other communities around the nation in recent years, I hope that authorities are taking these threats quite seriously.

Once Donald Trump won the election, many conservatives seemed to think that the war was won.  But the truth of the matter is that many on the left were completely blindsided by Trump’s surprise victory, and now that they are fully awake they are gearing up for battle like never before.

And these protests are not going to end on January 20th.  In fact, abortion advocates are hoping to get close to a million women into Washington D.C. on the day following the Inauguration to protest for abortion rights.  Filmmaker Michael Moore is hoping that this march will be the beginning of “100 days of resistance” against Trump’s presidency…

Filmmaker and liberal icon Michael Moore has announced his plans to attend the Women’s March on Washington to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration later this month and has called for sore loser liberals to go further — by staging protests acts of resistance through the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency.


In an appearance, this weekend on MSNBC’s The Last Word, the 62-year-old Trumpland and Fahrenheit 9/11 director made a “call to arms” to those opposed to Trump’s presidency to join the Women’s March on Washington scheduled for January 21, the day after the presidential inauguration.


“It’s important that everybody go there,” Moore told MSNBC’s Ari Melber.

Of course it is easy to imagine how all of this could spiral wildly out of control.  If Trump cracks down on these protests really hard in an attempt to restore law and order, that could end up sparking a dramatic backlash against his “police state tactics”.  And if the protests become even bigger and more violent, Trump could respond by cracking down even more harshly.

Let us hope for some really cold weather in D.C. at the end of January so that as many troublemakers as possible get discouraged and stay home.  Violent protests, blockades and riots aren’t going to solve anything, and they could easily open fresh wounds in a nation that is becoming more divided with each passing day.

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American Liberal's picture

The palace guard is not amused.

Citxmech's picture

Wonder who the "lone gunman" will be this time. . . 

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Hard to say, but he will have three names.  


OfAllElaboratePlans's picture
OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) Dr. Richard Head Jan 13, 2017 2:58 PM

May the SCHWARTZ be with you (oh wait)!

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I hope the leftists burn down the city. If there was ever a city that deserved it ... it is most definitely D.C.

Troll Magnet's picture

Note to Donald: Watch out for Mossad-looking monkeys with box cutters.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I suppose you all think this is some kind of conspiracy theory, and that someone will attempt to assassinate Trump during his inauguration. Nobody is going to assassinate Trump, because he is on the right. Historically, only progressive presidents are assassinated, and usually by right wing extremists.

The Internet Shamelessly Mocks Obama’s Workout Routine

Tallest Skil's picture

Why hasn't someone killed you yet?

froze25's picture

Because he is satire.

But in response to this article, crack down extra hard, if you burn, break or harm someone, block roadways for emergency vehicles you are no longer a protester, you are a combatant and will be treated as such. Crack some sculls.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) xythras Jan 13, 2017 3:45 PM

This wouldn't have happened without the Amoral Obama orchestrating it.  The General must have said something in support of Trump or against Obama.


MissCellany's picture

So then who's being slipped into the DCNG command at 12:02 p.m. on the 20th?

DonkeyKickin's picture

I thought the article would say but so far it seems the position is left open...


Gargoyle's picture

So Talking Points is a "news site"?  

That's ridiculous. Don't be a fool.

jeff montanye's picture

yes, fair enough, but shouldn't trump explain why he did this or that he did not?  since it seems to be universally seen as a poor move?  that the guy's black doesn't help either, imo.

jbvtme's picture

JFK's driver was fired weeks before 11/22/63.

OfAllElaboratePlans's picture
OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) jbvtme Jan 13, 2017 6:10 PM

Just keep a lookout for this curious fellow...



Manthong's picture

Not saying, but….

A bunch of security operatives were told to go away in Dallas in 1963.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Assasination attempt prevention. In this situation he needs to be replaced by someone vouched by Trump's team and the new guy and the team must receive all the information and control transfer ahead of time so this will make much harder to disimulate an eventual planed assasination attempt. 

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Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Luc X. Ifer Jan 14, 2017 1:51 AM

So, who uncovered the need for this dismissal?  Was it the work of a new "Praetorian Guard"?  And if so, how big is the budget of this PG?  How much spying do they resort to?  This may be a private force, mind you.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) OfAllElaboratePlans Jan 13, 2017 6:29 PM

Seriously, George H.W. Bush did run the whole bay of pigs thing.

barndoor's picture

Jade Helm 2.0.  I've been in a coma for 1.5 years.  I assume Texas has already been taken....

Bay of Pigs's picture

No, it was Allen Dulles of the CIA who ran the Bay of Pigs fiasco.

Trust me,

AViewFromDublin's picture

GHWB claims not to remember were he was when JFK was assassinated..maybe that pic will help jog his memory.

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OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) AViewFromDublin Jan 13, 2017 7:20 PM

A "thousand points of light" shined into your eyes by your (((Rothschild)))/Rockefeller masters causes you to forget a lot of things  that aren't on the AGENDA.


What has always made me LOL is how the 'HOPE & CHANGE' dimwits (like Meryl Streep & De Niro), allowed themselves to become blinded by the same NEW WORLD ORDER light...




"Stupid is as stupid does"

~Forrest Gump's mom


Manthong's picture


Bush 43 is the best wy to refer to baby G W bush.

Bush 41 is the best wat to refer to papa GHW Bush

Go research where the "HW" and "W" came from.


and..who were the only people in the air over the US on 9-12-2001?

If you guessed "Saudis and Bin Ladens", you guessed correctly.




Cheka_Mate's picture

Yep, the Walker side of the family is their tie to the East Coast Elite.

Prescott was a Senator from Connecticut though.

Another interesting angle is Watergate as a YALE alumni coup.

Seriously, the informant (Woodward), Next in line for power (Ford) and special prosecutor (Philip B Haymann) were all Yale Alumni 

Prescott brought Nixon up into power, was enraged over him picking Spiro Agnew for VP over his son.

We all know how that worked out for Reagan...

Manthong's picture



that's interesting... got a background source?



pop quiz....

Using only three letters, who was the editor of a Yale sponsored Asian newsletter in the early 20th century?


..and another one…

What was the last name of a prominent GHW Bush organization member in the investment firm “Carlyle Group” that is immediately recognizable to most Americans?


Manthong's picture

OK, research it if you don’t believe me ….

The answers are

a.     Mao

b.    Bin Laden

Cheka_Mate's picture

Yeah, Mao had ties to the Yali School which was a branch of a Yale  issionary outpost.

Back in the 1850-60s a number of prominent "Boston Brahmin" East Coast families got filthy rich off of the Opium trade in China.  Prominent among them was Samuel Russell, who donated large sums to Yale.  

Yale has been the center of multi-generation networks controlling US government and foreign policy in the interest of these Blue Bloods and their sycophants.  (Bush family, Both Clintons, Dick Cheney)

W.Averell Harriman, one of the Wise Men of US Policy during WWII era, was such a figure. What ZH calls the Deep State 

Anthony Sutton "America's Secret Establishment" has more detail 

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Also a good read,  his Trilaterals Over Washington.

Manthong's picture

Anthony Sutton, yes.


G. Edward Griffin, Carroll Quigley, Robin Brown… give light to the darkness of the “popular knowledge”.


These gents have the most important part of the story regarding the real world we all live in.


Paper Mache's picture

Great quiz. Answer b. Was surprising. Haven't heard that one before.. Been following this fantastic site for a few weeks now. I've learnt a great deal from the article's,  and  even more so from the fab comments and links by the regular posters. I'm from the UK, where the press is completely pussy-whipped by 'the powers that be'. Trump is just amazing. No bollock's from him,  just great common sense.  I'm terrified of what they might do to him. 

Manthong's picture


I will make your day and change your life forever.

Go to  


They do 24/7 news and a lot of special interest shows.

Yeah, there is a teensy bit of RU slant but it is really teensy.

They have studios in New York, Washington DC, Moscow and London.

In all, it is the best video and news on the web.

They archive their shows…

I suggest you go to the show “Going Underground” first as it is mainly focused on the U.K..

Former MP George Galloway has a weekly show "Sputnik"... great perspectives.

Then go to “Crosstalk”, “Boom Bust”, and Keiser Report.

All of the rest of the shows are good, very good. even the few crazy leftie shows (I wish Thom Hartman saw this post).

“Watching The Hawks” is a great show even though they believe fossil fuels and my two Jeep SUV’s  will make the Chesapeake Bay overflow the land and Potomac and put Lincoln in his memorial underwater sometime in the next 100 years. .

I apologize to your boss, wife or “significant other” in advance because I expect you are going to be distracted from the day-to- day for a while.


: -D


BTW… If Ed Shultz ever reads this… You are now pretty cool.


BTBTW: This is the best place to watch Saudi Arabia going down the can.


barndoor's picture

Do you have any idea how retarted you sound?

Giant Meteor's picture

They are good in the microwave .

Arrow4Truth's picture

Geezus... retarted? What the hell is re-tarted? One tart wasn't adequate so you're going to re-tart?

Giant Meteor's picture

Convenient Amnesia .. a little too Convenient if you were to ask me.

Does not remember eh? What was he,  like 4 years old at the time? Only possible explanation.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

He was too busy eaing pizza and hotdogs to remember anything else.

RiverRoad's picture

Where was Bush, Sr. when Reagan was shot?  He was VP at the time.  Who was he having dinner with the night before Reagan was shot?

RiverRoad's picture

One of George Bush Sr.'s biggest campaign contributors.

RiverRoad's picture

President Reagan took a strong stance on Detente with USSR/Russia.  His VP was George Bush, Sr. who missed becoming president by only a couple of inches when Reagan was shot....

The Deep State's MIC families' trust funds are heavily invested in perpetual war with Russia. 

"Schwartz, who was appointed to head the guard....... by President George W. Bush...."  I stopped reading right there.

jeff montanye's picture

maybe.  i believe the story told on http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/everything-rich-man-trick/ is largely true.  allen dulles was likely more to blame for the murder than oswald.

that said, shouldn't trump be seen as taking control of this chain of events?  it looks odd, most people see something wrong in it (clinton supporters blame trump, we blame obama/the deep state, others see just government idiocy and incompetence).

i can see, as some say here, why this might actually be necessary to ensure maximum protection of trump.  great.  then say so.  trump is held responsible for events even before he's president, certainly he will be afterward.  let people know this is a well planned transition.