Newell: We've got to be better than smearing veterans from opposing parties

Curious parallel emerges between Left's treatment of Tulsi Gabbard, Rispone's attacks on Edwards

Newell Normand
November 07, 2019 - 10:40 pm
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As we approach Veterans Day, this Monday November 11, I've been reflecting about the heroes of our country who have served in the military, or are presently serving today.  For obvious reasons, I've always felt a little 'less than' for not having served myself, and it's a primary reason I feel so strongly about those that have.

I'm infuriated when folks attempt to minimize the service, duty, loyalty and sacrifice of our veterans. What's more, I'm absolutely outraged when that's done for political reasons.

Enter "The View." Recently, hosts Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar, neither of whom I have much respect for, attempted to propagate a theory, originally put forth by Hillary Clinton, that Tulsi Gabbard, who is presently serving in the military and running in the Democratic primary, is a favorite of the Russians, and is being groomed by the Republicans for a third-party run. Hostin and Behar, motivated by their disdain for Trump, threw all caution to the wind and embraced Clinton's comments. 

I understand that Hillary Clinton was their candidate in 2016, their hero. But what I don't understand is why they would choose to attack a presently-serving member of the military, who did two tours in the Middle East. Blinded by her hatred for Trump, Behar referred to Gabbard as "a useful idiot for the Russians." Gabbard responded by saying "Set the record straight. I am a patriot. I love our country. I am a strong, intelligent woman of color, and I have dedicated almost my entire life to protecting the safety, security and freedoms of all Americans... it's offensive to say I'm a witting or unwitting asset of a foreign country. This is a country I am willing to lay down my life for."

Gabbard continued, "You're implying that I'm too stupid and naive and lack the intelligence to know what I'm doing." Bam! Sounds like Behar was just repeating what she heard from Hillary without really thinking about the impact of her words.

Closer to home, Eddie Rispone was asked by a reporter about Governor Edwards' experience at the US Military Academy at West Point. It was a total soft ball question, right? 

Rispone's response was to say "Yeah, you know, I'm disappointed in that, if I have to be candid (Please do, Eddie, it might be the first time you've been candid this whole campaign). I think he Edwards has hurt the reputation of West Point." 

What? Edwards served as an Army Ranger in active service for eight years. He returns home, goes to church, raises a family, furthers his education, practices as a country lawyer, participates in government, and ultimately becomes Governor.

Rispone's case-in-point? "I don't think West Point wants to turn out a bunch of trial lawyers who will say or do anything to stay in power."

Okay, Eddie.

Days later, when asked if besmirching a West Point graduate and patriotic veteran in this way was a good idea, Rispone responded by saying he was only repeating what he'd heard from other people.

Eddie Rispone sounds like Joy Behar.

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