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CPAC: Veterans Against Trump

Conservative opposition to Donald Trump was strong at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Brian Hawkins, a U.S. Army veteran, was representative of that opposition.

In an exclusive interview, Brian told me, “I am opposed to Donald Trump because he does not represent any of the values of conservatism, of the Republican Party, or of American values in general.”

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Holding a “Veterans Against Trump” sign, Brian explained that he had “spent four years in the United States Army, most of which was in the United States Cavalry, hence the cavalry Stetson.”

Holding a “Veterans Against Trump” sign, Brian explained, “I am opposed to Donald Trump because he does not represent any of the values of conservatism, of the Republican Party, or of American values in general.”

Echoing the widespread criticism of Trump’s rhetoric during his campaign, Brian said, “A lot of the language that is coming out of Donald Trump is very nativist and very xenophobic and certainly not [in agreement with] American principles.” He urged, “We need to stop this divisive rhetoric, inflaming hatred toward other people of other groups.”

Brian’s own experiences radically conflict with Trump’s message. Brian hails from Los Angeles, “from a community that’s 80% Hispanic.” He said, “A lot of my friends, their parents came to America illegally and they only really stayed because Ronald Reagan granted amnesty in 1986.”

Moreover, Brian’s experience in the military refutes Trump’s nativist perspective. Brian said, “I spent six months in Afghanistan where I worked with Afghan linguists who put their lives on the line to work with the United States Army and help free the country of the Taliban. They applied to get residency here in the U.S.”

Hence, Brian’s disdain for Trump’s hostile language. Brian clarified, “So, for me, it’s very insulting for Donald Trump to say that these people want to come to America to rape, kill, and do drugs. That’s simply not true.”

Brian’s life experiences offer a counter-Trump narrative:

“Every immigrant I’ve ever run in to, growing up in life or in my experience in the United States Army, they want to come to America to work hard and contribute to the American economy. They understand America as the land of hope and opportunity better than a lot of us Americans do. We really take it for granted being able to live here and all the opportunities that we have. immigrants don’t take that for granted. They understand that America is a land of freedom and economic opportunity for all people. They just want to come here and help contribute to the American Dream. We need to welcome them.”

Brian concluded, “That’s why I oppose Donald Trump, because he does not represent those principles of inclusiveness and economic growth that the Republican Party stands for.”

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Why Veterans Must Oppose Trump

John Noonan provides a succinct and compelling case why American veterans – and all lovers of America and her Constitution – must oppose Trump.

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Noonan notes Trump’s cowardice in the face of questions from Megyn Kelly and his many draft deferments. Despite Trump’s trumpeting of his alleged support for veterans, he has yet to provide it. Trump, Noonan notes, “wears veterans’ service like Kevlar, hoping the nobility of their sacrifice can shield him from the hostility of tough questions.”

In direct opposition to Trump’s New York values and statist beliefs, Noonan lists shared characteristics of veterans. Unlike The Donald, America’s veterans swore a sacred oath to the Constitution, vowing “to protect the rights and values enshrined therein.” We have no reason to believe Trump would keep his oath any more diligently than the current President.

Moreover, veterans “swore to uphold freedom of speech and the press,” “to protect religious liberty,” “to uphold the law,” and “to protect a society that values, above all else, human dignity and the equality of man.” None of these bedrock aspirations or commitments appear of importance to Trump, who would wield his own pen and phone.

Donald Trump is the ultimate anti-veteran, taking political advantage of the military ethos and American patriotism while forsaking the foundational beliefs of Americans and shunting aside the purpose of the military.

Therefore, Noonan argues, “veterans must oppose him because they all took an oath in defense of America, the Constitution, and the values Americans hold dear. Mr. Trump has made a mockery of those values. He must be defeated.

Remembering American Heroes

[I received the following promotional email from Laura Ingraham. Please give it due consideration. – DB]

Ingraham

Dear Daniel,

I am asking you to stop and think for a moment about all of the rights that we are guaranteed as Americans.

We are guaranteed these freedoms thanks to the brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces from the Revolutionary War to the current war in Afghanistan – especially those who have given their lives in the cause of our country.

On Memorial Day, we pause to honor and to celebrate those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms. The American Veterans Center’s National Memorial Day Parade is the largest parade dedicated to honoring these heroes.

This year, the American Veterans Center is commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII, from which more than 400,000 Americans never made it home. This may be one of the last times many of these veterans will be around to hear the cheers from the crowd, cheers thanking them for their service and sacrifice.

I want to make sure that they are properly thanked ONE LAST TIME! I only wish my father, a proud WWII veteran, were alive to participate in this wonderful event and hear the crowd roar as he rode down Constitution Avenue.

I am writing to you today because we need your help to make this year’s celebration the most successful parade thus far. WWII veterans will travel from all over the country to ride on floats down Constitution Ave, but we need your early support to help ensure that we can get them to Washington.

Will you make a tax-deductible donation of $10, $25, $50, or more to help us honor our troops in the National Memorial Day Parade?

A $25 contribution will help cover the cost for a WWII veteran to ride on a float or car in the parade. If you give $500 or more The American Veterans Center will send you the iconic photo of the kissing sailor SIGNED by the sailor and the nurse.

Since the National Memorial Day Parade is primarily supported by volunteer efforts and is 100 percent privately funded, your tax-deductible donation to the American Veterans Center can make all the difference.

Let me put this parade into perspective, for the same cost of ONE float in the Rose Bowl Parade or TWO balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the American Veterans Center puts on its ENTIRE parade.

That’s why your gift of $25, $50, $100 or more is so important to ensure a successful celebration in honor of our military.

Today we are free because they have sacrificed. We are safe thanks to America’s heroes.

Can I count on you to join me in honoring our WWII veterans this Memorial Day and to help the American Veterans Center host this special WWII anniversary? Click here to chip in $25, $50 or whatever you can afford to honor our brave men and women.

Don’t forget, every dollar you give to the American Veterans Center is tax-deductible, so please give generously to this worthy event. Every cent of your hard-earned dollars will be greatly appreciated, not only by the American Veterans Center and me, but also by the veterans and active duty troops we will honor this Memorial Day.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

Laura Ingraham

P.S. Your tax-deductible donation to the American Veterans Center will allow WWII veterans from across the country to ride in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. on May 26. Please support us with a gift of $10, $25, $50 or whatever you can today and help us thank our brave veterans and active duty troops. If you give $500 or more The American Veterans Center will send you the iconic photo of the kissing sailor SIGNED by the sailor and the nurse.

After you have donated, please take a minute to sign up for the Virtual Boots on the Ground and join thousands of Americans like you in honoring our veterans and soldiers online this Memorial Day!

LINK: https://secure.campaignsolutions.com/avc/list/bfc/parade/?initiativekey=NSLGUJKWC3HA