On Saturday, Vice President Kamala Harris issued what can only be described as a tone-deaf tweet marking the Memorial Day weekend and got hammered for it on the social media site by veterans.
“Enjoy the long weekend,” she wrote, adding a picture of herself to the tweet. No mention was made of veterans who gave their lives or made other lasting sacrifices in the defense of the country.
Enjoy the long weekend. pic.twitter.com/ilGOrod4AW
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 29, 2021
According to Breitbart, “Veterans lambasted the tweet immediately”:
Marine Corps veteran and Fox News contributor Joey Jones responded to Harris with a picture of himself in front of a wall of fallen troops.
Jones, a double amputee, tweeted: “hey @KamalaHarris my buddies wanted me to post our selfie to tell you to ‘enjoy the long weekend’ too!”
— Joey Jones (@Johnny_Joey) May 29, 2021
Others followed suit:
It is Memorial Day weekend. This weekend is our time as a nation to honor our Fallen. It is our dedicated time to reflect on our war fighters, those who paid the ultimate price for our Freedom.
— Code of Vets ™ (@codeofvets) May 29, 2021
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 29, 2021
This “long weekend” for you is paid for by the blood of our Patriots.
Pay your respects to those who have given us our freedom and to the Gold Star families who gave us their loved ones.
You are the Vice President of the United States, act like it. https://t.co/mMGgwBCiQb
— Derrick Van Orden (@derrickvanorden) May 29, 2021
Her boss didn’t handle his first Memorial Day as president any more deftly, writing only “Stay cool this weekend, folks,”
Stay cool this weekend, folks. pic.twitter.com/Z2xOTekvUZ
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 29, 2021
Compare those thoughtless gestures to a tweet issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a veteran of the U.S. Navy:
No better way to start Memorial Day Weekend than a Salute to America’s Heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/InvxHnwCpj
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 29, 2021
Even Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin managed to mention the fallen:
This #MemorialDay, I'll not only be thinking about our fallen soldiers, but also the incredible sacrifices of the families they left behind. They, too, deserve our deepest admiration. We must never forget the lives cut short, nor the lives forever altered. #HonorThem pic.twitter.com/MulRNKYwFD
— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) May 29, 2021
At least Americans can be thankful that Harris didn’t lapse into one of her guffaws when delivering her insensitive weekend wishes.