Northam conjures up Jan. 6 when asked about slow response to I-95 motorists stranded in icy conditions

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Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was quizzed on Tuesday about his slow response to deploy the National Guard to rescue stranded and freezing motorists on snowbound I-95 and proceeded to invoke the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill to excuse himself.

WUSA9 reporter Mike Valerio tweeted: “4PM UPDATE – Virginia Gov. Northam just described the response to the January 6th Insurrection, saying it took a long time to deploy the National Guard, as a way of illustrating why his office says the Guard could not be deployed to I-95 on such short notice.”

He went on to add, “4PM UPDATE – Virginia Gov. Northam says still, no injuries on I-95, as thousands are trapped. Says State Troopers are walking up and down offering food, medicine, to people in need.”

Despite Northam’s specious assertion concerning the National Guard, Reuters foreign policy correspondent Idrees Ali appeared to assert otherwise, noting that the disaster was addressed at Tuesday’s Pentagon briefing and they were not asked for help by Northam.

“The situation on the I-95 is so bad, that it is (rightly) being asked about at the Pentagon briefing and whether the military has offered to help the situation. Pentagon says no request have been made for them to help,” Ali reported.

“Best I can tell, there have been thousands of VA motorists trapped in freezing conditions for 26+ hours, some of them surely children, seniors and people in need of food, medicine, water, etc. and Ralph Northam… sent a tweet about it 7 hours ago,” political strategist Rory Cooper commented.

When Northam finally popped his head up after thousands were stranded overnight in freezing temps on the interstate, he claimed, “My team has been working throughout the night alongside @VSPPIO, @VaDOT, and @VDEM to respond to the situation on I-95. State and local emergency personnel are continuing to clear downed trees, assist disabled vehicles, and re-route drivers.”

“An emergency message is going to all stranded drivers connecting them to support, and the state is working with localities to open warming shelters as needed. While sunlight is expected to help @VaDOT clear the road, all Virginians should continue to avoid 1-95,” he added.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine was one of those stranded for over 27 hours while trying to get to his office in the Capitol.

“I started my normal 2 hour drive to DC at 1pm yesterday. 19 hours later, I’m still not near the Capitol. My office is in touch with @VaDOT to see how we can help other Virginians in this situation. Please stay safe everyone,” Kaine tweeted on Tuesday morning.

He later sent out an update saying that he had been on the road for 27 hours. When he finally arrived at his destination, Kaine sent out a tweet expressing relief.

Almost a foot of snow fell by the time the storm was done Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures plummeted to the teens overnight. As stranded motorists tried to ration gas in their cars by turning them off and on overnight, many just gave up and abandoned their vehicles altogether seeking shelter.

Many online decried Northam’s absence in the midst of an emergency.

Northam was derided for not calling out the National Guard soon enough and for using Jan. 6 as an excuse:


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