A West Point graduate and Army veteran Jeremy Hunt ripped Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., for floating the conspiracy theory that the National Guard troops deployed to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration pose a threat to President-elect Joe Biden.
In a Martin Luther King Day interview with Fox News, Hunt reacted to Cohen’s implication on CNN the same day that National Guard soldiers stationed in Washington for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration could not be trusted because of their race, their gender and their suspected political leanings.
When Hunt was on active duty, he had an opportunity to serve with the men and women of the National Guard. He called them “incredible” and noted that they have jobs outside of their military service.
“They are local law enforcement officers. I have a friend that is a small businessman. They are health care workers. And they literally dropped everything at a moment’s notice and they deployed to the Capitol to serve, leaving their families behind. They deploy to the Capitol to serve.”
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., ominously suggested Monday that Donald Trump supporters within the National Guard charged with helping protect Joe Biden “might want to do something” to the president-elect.
This comes after 25,000 National Guard troops have been deployed to Washington, D.C., to protect Biden’s inauguration this week
Cohen told CNN he had been reminded that former India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards and said any Trump supporters within National Guard units were suspicious.
Hunt wasn’t buying Cohen’s take for a second and blasted the congressman for sowing the “seeds of hatred.”
During his time in uniform, he said, he “served with people who had all different types of political views.”
“But what binded us together was a common creed. It was an oath that we took of fidelity to the Constitution,” he said.
Hunt went on to say, “honestly, that’s a lot more than I can say about Congressman Cohen. I don’t know if he has ever served because he is doing a tremendous disservice to his constituents, to this country, sowing such division. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Hunt said.
“What he was doing he was taking a legitimate report from our intelligence sources and he was exploiting it to try to score some type of weird political points, trying to dunk on our military service members. I mean, it is completely embarrassing. I hope his constituents are taking note. And I hope that they send him packing come the next election cycle because we just don’t need this anymore. If you are in elected office and trying to sow such ridiculous theories, you need to go. You have no business leading this country.”
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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