Donald Trump Just Blocked a Massive Veterans’ Group on Twitter
Donald Trump Tries To Silence Veterans’ Group
Donald Trump just banned a veterans’ group that represents around 500,000 vets and their families on Twitter.
VoteVets.org is a veterans’ organization, present in all 50 states. Since 2006, its had over 2 million voter contacts, has spent over $2 million in campaigning, and, since its beginning, has raised over $30 million in order to further vets’ causes and concerns. It’s a big group, with a powerful voice, and it represents a growing demographic – progressive veterans. Their website summarizes their intent and mission as follows:
“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.”
Whether or not the President agrees with the organization on policy matters, it’s a group devoted to veterans’ causes, with a voice that deserves to be heard and respected. Yet, on Tuesday, Donald Trump, the president who makes repeated claims about how much he loves vets, blocked the group on Twitter.
Because, in response to the President’s angry and hysterical tweet regarding the blockage of his “TRAVEL BAN” (Trump’s emphasis, not mine) and others, VoteVets.org dared to voice dissent. And Donald Trump cannot handle that.
The Actual Exchange
The entire exchange took place on Twitter – the president’s preferred method of communication, for matters both large and small. In the midst of the type of Twitter tantrum the president has become known for, Trump tweeted this.
Well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again – Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a dangerous time in the history of our country. S.C.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2017
Utterly infuriated that his travel ban has been struck down again, Donald Trump decided to let the world know. In response, VoteVets pointed out that the ban itself is unconstitutional, and actually places people in more danger.
And they were blocked.
Will Fischer, Director of Government Affairs, talked with Reverb Press and pointed out the many levels of wrong in Donald Trump banning anyone on Twitter, simply for disagreeing. That individuals and groups are being blocked for dissent, Fischer explained, is simply part of a larger theme being played out on the national stage by Donald Trump. It’s an extension of Trump’s refusal to travel to the United Kingdom for fear of protests, or his unwillingness to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game for fear of the same, Fischer said.
“We were voicing our dissent to an elected leader, and in Donald Trump’s quest to create an alternate universe for himself – which is a dystopia for the rest of us – he blocked us on Twitter, which feeds into a larger theme that we’ve seen a great deal of lately. [Trump] is only interested in the opinions of sycophants, with no dissent whatsoever.”
Perhaps most disturbing? As Fischer himself pointed out, like most of Donald Trump’s twitter tantrums, this one took place in the morning – a typically busy time for presidents. But Trump seems to have plenty of free time. Fischer pointed out the deeper issue behind the timing of Trump’s tweets.
“While most presidents would be receiving their intelligence briefings, Donald Trump is blocking VoteVets.org and Stephen King on Twitter.”
Apparently, social media takes precedence over national security.
‘The Tweet That Broke The Snowflake’s Back’
Fischer finds the tweet that resulted in Trump finally blocking VoteVets to be telling, as well. In the midst of tweets regarding concerns about national security, and questions over the emoluments clause, it was a message the organization sent out about Trump’s constant battle with the mainstream media that caused Trump to block VoteVets.
“The tweet that broke the snowflake’s back was one about the mainstream media,” Fischer said.
The Fake News Media has never been so wrong or so dirty. Purposely incorrect stories and phony sources to meet their agenda of hate. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2017
“You’re describing your road to the White House to a T, @realDonaldTrump,” VoteVets replied. “Well, this and colluding with an adversary of the United States.”
And, just like that, Trump blocked the entire organization – the voice of 500,000 veterans and their families. Because they dared to disagree with him.
Remember this when Donald Trump pretends to care about our veterans. Put this incident alongside the time he mocked Senator John McCain for being a prisoner of war during Vietnam. Place it next to the time he attacked a Gold Star family. Remember it when you think of all the veterans’ charities he’s screwed.
Donald Trump doesn’t love or respect vets. Like every other Republican who claims the same, what he actually loves is the photo ops those veterans provide.
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