VoteVets, the pro-veteran advocacy group, has released a scathing open letter to incoming president Donald Trump, calling him out for his disrespectful attacks on Americans serving in the intelligence services. So far the letter has received eight pages of signatures by veterans and former intelligence officials. Veterans know what it’s like to put their life on the line for their country, and they recognize that members of the intelligence community endanger themselves and their families every single day. Draft-dodging Trump has no idea what service members endure and he has no intention to listen and learn.
Dear Mr. President-elect,
In just days, you will take the presidential oath of office. Yet, in recent days, you have kept up your malicious attacks aimed at de-legitimizing our intelligence community. As those who all served with military or civilian intelligence, we are appalled.
Let us be perfectly blunt with you, sir: Every single day, intelligence officers and officials put their lives on the line, and many lose their lives, to help protect your right to tweet smears against them. But just because you have that right, doesn’t mean you should use it. It is beneath the dignity of the office you are about to assume, to engage in the belittling of intelligence officials.
You are no longer a candidate, who can get away with sliming prisoners of war, Gold Star families, and intelligence officers. You are about to take an office that has been held by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and other men of dignity. All of them faced attacks from political opponents, at some point. None of them responded by belittling the people who risk their lives for this nation.
Live up to the ideal they set. Live up to the awesome responsibility with which you are being entrusted.
Stop attacking the good men and women who risk a great deal to keep us safe.
Trump has been selling the lie to his supporters that he is a champion of veterans. If he truly wants to be known as that, he needs to stop with the insults and listen to the brave men and women who have risked everything for their country. Our vets and intelligence service members deserve a better president than a billionaire born with a silver spoon in his mouth who has nothing but contempt for them and their sacrifices.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.