One month after the historic election of Donald Trump, many of his cabinet choices are now known. An interesting trend in his picks has drawn a surprising amount of criticism.
One might think that selecting a veteran to serve the president would be a good thing. After all, the U.S. Department of Labor’s own website says that “veterans who are disabled, who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over others in hiring for virtually all federal government jobs.”
Trump has clearly trended to on the side of veterans to key cabinet posts. Trump has so far nominated several high-ranking veterans to serve in key positions including retired Gen. John Kelly (Homeland Security secretary), Gen. Michael Flynn (National Security Advisor), Gen. Joe Dunford (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs) and retired Gen. James Mattis (Secretary of Defense).
Democrats and liberals are crying foul. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, a US Army veteran, appeared Thursday on CNN’s “The Lead.” Host Jake Tapper asked her to comment on the concerns of many Democrats that Trump is hiring too many generals.
“I don’t share their concerns,” said Gabbard.
As a veteran and as someone still serving in the Hawaii National Guard, I found it pretty offensive for people to outright discriminate against veterans. Here you have generals who have literally spent their whole lives serving our country, putting service before self, putting their lives on the line to defend democracy, yet people are criticizing them and discriminating against them saying, just because you served as a general previously you are disqualified from serving in a high position of leadership in our government. These people, arguably, have put far more on the line and are far more deeply personally committed to upholding and protecting our democracy than their critics.
These veterans have already served our country with pride and dignity. They have the practical experience to bring to the table This should be valued not condemned.
h/t: Fox News