Gold Star Widow Slams Republicans who Exploit her Husband's Death: "Learn his Name First"

Gold Star Widow Slams Republicans who Exploit her Husband’s Death: “Learn his Name First”

A military widow has something to say to the GOP

Veterans being exploited for political gain has been a problem in the country since arguably its inception in the post-Revolutionary War. In the contemporary political climate, the Republican Party that has elevated this sour tactic to an art-form.

While mostly done to support the continued growth of the already bloated military budget, these days the image of the veteran has been propagated against any players in the National Football League that kneel during the National Anthem. Last Thursday, President Trump continued this disgusting propaganda into 2018 by tweeting a meme of what is supposedly a weeping widow lying on the grave of her fallen husband.

The image looks staged, but even it was proven to be fake, plenty of real-life photos are trending on the Internet and are being exploited by conservatives.

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However, one Gold-star widow has officially had enough with the picture of her late-husband being misused, and that is Seana Arrechaga. Arrechaga’s spouse was Army Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga, an honorable man and immigrant from Cuba who, according to Mrs. Arrechaga, enlisted in the army out of a love for his new country. He was tragically killed during a mission in Afghanistan in 2011.

Mrs. Arrechaga does not have an issue with people paying their respects to Mr. Arrechaga: rather, her problem is that the image of his body, like many other deceased veterans, has been shared around the web by people who do not have any interest in knowing who he was as a person, instead being only concerned about what he represents from a partisan political perspective. As she put so eloquently,

“It’s one thing when they share the photo and pay their respects. But learn his name first.”

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To prove her point she shared the link to a tweet from right-wing conspiracy theorist and convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza, who had posted photo of her kneeling by her husband’s open casket back in September 2017. In a brief, yet heartbreaking message, Mrs. Arrechaga condemned D’Souza for using this personal photo against her own wishes, and most likely rightfully pointed out that D’Souza was not aware of her spouse’s name when he shared the image:

This kind of rhetoric needs to stop from the Republican Party. It is disrespectful and hurtful to families that have served our country.

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