Kamala Harris paid tribute to fallen American service members on Sunday after getting excoriated for posting ‘benefit from the lengthy weekend’ on Twitter with out mentioning Memorial Day.
‘All through our historical past our service women and men have risked all the pieces to defend our freedoms and our nation,’ the vp tweeted. ‘As we put together to honor them on Memorial Day, we keep in mind their service and their sacrifice.’
Harris didn’t do something for Memorial Day over the weekend, however normally the president and vp make some type of tribute on Monday – the official federal vacation to commemorate those that gave their lives as a part of the U.S. armed service branches.
President Joe Biden gave 10-minute remarks on the Veterans Memorial Park close to the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Wilmington on Sunday. First he attended a church service at St. Joseph on the Brandywine and visited his son Beau’s grave there on the sixth anniversary of his passing from mind most cancers.
Vice President Kamala Harris despatched a tweet honoring fallen U.S. service members on Sunday
Folks go to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. on Might 30 the place the names of navy members who misplaced their lives through the Vietnam Warfare are listed
The Sunday submit from the vp got here after she was excoriated on Twitter for her Saturday tweet included a candid photograph of herself smiling with the caption: ‘Benefit from the lengthy weekend’, with out mentioning the rationale for the federal vacation
Harris additionally spoke Friday on the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland
Harris’ tweet comes amid intense backlash for a submit the day prior the place she didn’t point out fallen troopers, as a substitute telling individuals to ‘get pleasure from’ having Monday off.
The submit included a candid photograph of herself smiling and comes hours after she posted a tweet praising Midshipman Sydney Barber who made historical past as the primary black girl to function Brigade Commander on the U.S. Naval Academy.
Harris additionally spoke on the U.S. Naval Academy’s commencement and commissioning ceremony on Friday throughout which she called the US navy ‘the perfect, the bravest, and essentially the most sensible.’
Nonetheless, critics had been fast to level out that her tweet failed to say the rationale for the lengthy weekend is Memorial Day – a federal vacation noticed on the final Monday of Might honoring troopers who died whereas serving within the navy.
Nikki Haley, who served as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the UN and is a possible 2024 presidential candidate, retweeted Harris’s tweet and wrote on Sunday: ‘Unprofessional and unfit’.
Former U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has accused Vice President Kamala Harris of being ‘unprofessional and unfit’ after she tweeted ‘Benefit from the lengthy weekend’ forward of Memorial Day with out mentioning fallen troopers
Haley, who served as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the UN and is a possible 2024 presidential candidate, retweeted Harris’s tweet and wrote: ‘Unprofessional and unfit’
Harris’ Saturday tweet got here hours after she praised Midshipman Sydney Barber -the first black girl to function Brigade Commander on the U.S. Naval Academy
Air Nationwide Guard Lt. Colonel Adam Kinzinger blasted her tweet as ‘tone deaf.’
‘Get pleasure from your freedom bought by many who died for it. Tone deaf,’ he tweeted.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that even her seven-year-old son ‘understands what this weekend is about.’
‘Present some respect for the heroes who paid the final word value for our freedom,’ the previous press secretary for Donald Trump tweeted.
Beth Baumann, a political reporter and editor at The Day by day Wire, tweeted: ‘This is not a ‘lengthy weekend.’ It is a weekend the place we honor the fallen.’
Kimberly Klacik, a former Republican congressional nominee, known as Harris ‘silly’ for the tweet.
‘Lengthy weekend? I do know many are upset & saying that is disrespectful, however I imagine you might be actually simply silly,’ she wrote.
The Texas Federation of Faculty Republicans posted a doc with details about Memorial Day.
‘It is only a ‘lengthy weekend’ for this fraud. I’ve a number of useless buddies that disagree,’ wrote retired Air Pressure pilot Buzz Patterson.
Tony Lederer, whose Twitter account identifies him as a Grasp Chief Petty Officer within the Navy, paired his tweet with an image of the Vietnam Memorial.
‘Remember why we’ve got a protracted weekend!’ Lederer wrote.
Folks on Twitter react to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tweet on Saturday
One other individual, utilizing the Twitter account @JR_justJR, posted a picture of a picture of a girl mendacity on grave at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery with an toddler.
‘It’s Memorial Day weekend – nor for having fun with – however for memorializing our fallen. Our brothers and sisters, who ‘gave the final full measure of devotion’. Please attempt to respect that,’ the account wrote.
In a tweet to Rep. Brian Mast, one other Twitter person known as her tweet ‘disgusting’ whereas thanking him for his service. Mast, of Florida, retired from the U.S. Military with plenty of awards together with: the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Coronary heart.
On Friday, President Joe Biden addressed service members and their households at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia wherein he largely praised his son Beau – who earned a Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.
The youthful Biden, who attained the rank of Main within the U.S. Military and Nationwide Guard, joined the navy in 2003 and and deployed to Iraq in 2008 whereas he was the Legal professional Basic for the state of Delaware.
‘And so, he gave up the seat and had the braveness to nominate a fellow who had been a Republican legal professional basic as legal professional basic whereas he — whereas he went. The proudest factor he ever did — proudest factor he ever did,’ Biden stated.
‘And he — he spent a yr in Iraq. And it was — it was one of many nice honors of his life to do it. Received the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and different awards — like lots of you’ve — however he by no means, ever talked about it.’
Later within the speech, Biden thanked members of the navy and advised them he ‘sincerely’ helps them.
‘So my message to all of you is sort of merely: Thanks. Thanks. Not ‘thanks to your service’ — simply thanks for who you might be, as a result of it is contagious. Thanks for selecting a selfless service to your nation,’ Biden stated.
In one other a part of the speech, he stated: ‘I at all times need you to know — at all times — that the problems you and your loved ones are dealing with, we have to understand how we are able to assist you higher. I imply it sincerely from the underside of my coronary heart: assist you higher.’