Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin thought they had struck gold when the opportunity presented itself to shamelessly hijack a Veterans protest at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC during the most recent government shutdown in order to further their own political aspirations.
Unfortunately for them, these veterans did not take kindly to having their protest co-opted by a man who read Green Eggs and Ham on the floor of the Senate and a failed presidential candidate who gave up her post as Governor of Alaska in order to take a multimillion dollar deal with FOXNews.
Just as Palin was in the middle of cynically rewriting history by claiming that it is the President Obama and Democratic Party, and not the intransigent Tea Party House Republicans, who are using our veterans and military as “pawns’ and are responsible for the reckless shutdown of The People’s Government which led to the closing up the World War II Veterans Memorial in D.C., one Veteran correctly shouted, “Republicans closed the government!”, followed by another Veteran appropriately scolding her, “You’re an idiot!”
They couldn’t be more right. One has to wonder if Palin and Cruz were aware of just how badly they projected their cynical pandering to veterans on President Obama.
They complain about Democrats using Veterans for political gain as they made political speeches at a war memorial in order to achieve political gain. Fortunately, these Veterans did not let her get away with it.
Please watch the video of the exchange below and spread Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and the Republican Party’s shame on social media forums so that we can amplify these brave Veterans’ message.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.