Veterans are shaming Donald Trump as a "snowflake" for blocking them on Twitter and ignoring their voices while his administration scolds Iran for blocking social media sites.
Veterans are slamming Donald Trump for shamefully blocking them on Twitter and ignoring their comments after his administration criticized the Iranian regime for clamping down on social media in that country.
Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, referring to Iran’s decision to block Instagram and other social media sites as protests raged in the streets, said the Iranian government should “open these sites” because “they are legitimate avenues for communication.”
But on the homefront, Trump apparently does not believe veterans deserve to communicate with him through that “legitimate avenue,” and has blocked the veterans advocacy group VoteVets from reaching him on Twitter.
In June 2017, right after he blocked the group, VoteVets wrote on Twitter, “The Commander in Chief can block @VoteVets, the voice of 500k military veterans and families, but we will NOT be silenced.”
In a statement to Shareblue Media, Iraq War veteran and VoteVets Director of Government Relations Will Fischer said, “While groups like the American Legion have blasted him, VoteVets has been the most vocal. Apparently, that snowflake couldn’t handle hearing the truth, so he blocked us on Twitter.”
“But,” he continued, “he’s failed to block our voices. It’s ironic that he wants the Iranian government to hear the voices of their people, but shuts out the voices of American veterans and military families.”
Among VoteVets’ hundreds of thousands of supporters are troops, veterans, and military families.
Trump has repeatedly denigrated, attacked, and minimized military voices while serving in the Constitutional role as their commander in chief.
“Donald Trump has easily been the worst president for veterans that we’ve ever seen,” Fischer declared. “He’s called for cutting veterans food assistance, their health care through Medicaid, and wants to toss veterans in the VA into the private, for-profit system.”
Trump could not even be bothered to respect the “Retreat” ceremony as a bugler played the solemn anthem on a military base. And he went all-in with a smear campaign against the families and friends of Army Sgt. La David Johnson — including his grieving widow, Myeshia Johnson — after four American soldiers were slaughtered in Niger.
Trump is being sued by several Twitter users for blocking them. They are represented by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which alleges that Trump’s decision to block citizens from interacting with him in an open, public forum is a violation of the First Amendment.
Apparently, Trump has one set of standards for openness and communication when it comes to admonishing other world leaders, but quite a different one for himself and the American citizens who wish to give him a piece of their minds.