“VoteVets, an organization that focuses on nonpartisan education and advocacy on behalf [sic] veterans and their families, said on Twitter that it has submitted a Letter of Intent with Washington, D.C., to hold the race around the National Mall next year.” So writes Aris Foley in a column at The Hill.
The announcement comes on the heels of another announcement, this one by the White House, noting that the military parade that President Trump had envisioned for this year, would be postponed until 2019, possibly coinciding with Veterans Day.
But VoteVets wrote in a tweet that “unless he kicks out a veterans race, [Trump] will not get his ego parade there, on that day next year, either. The tweet carried the hashtag #NoTrumpParade.
The organization also added that the decision to make the race five kilometers long was to symbolize “each of [Trump’s] deferments.”
This act of spite doesn’t sound much like something the nation’s military veterans would do (in 2016, 67% of veterans voted for Trump), and it certainly doesn’t sound “nonpartisan.” That’s because, despite The Hill’s characterization of VoteVets as “nonpartisan,” it’s anything but.
From the About page of its website:
VoteVets.org continues to focus on matters including, but not limited to, foreign policy, energy security, veterans’ unemployment, and opening military service to life-long Americans born to undocumented immigrants, as well as continued investment in care for veterans. More often than not, Veterans have a stake in the top issues of the day, and VoteVets.org is committed to getting their voices heard on these issues. For that reason, VoteVets.org has, and will continue to, work with all progressive allies representing labor, immigration, gay and lesbian rights, and environmentalists, when their issues coincide with the needs of troops and veterans. [Emphasis added]
The list of candidates it supports is, likewise, a Who’s Who of the far Left. The list includes Democratic Sens. Tammy Duckworth, Ted Lieu, and Tulsi Gabbard.
The entire purpose of the Hill column is to convey the false impression that military does not support and respect the president. The paper should be ashamed.