There’s nothing that pisses me off more than Republicans using veterans as props for their campaigns. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) did just that in his new campaign ad. A campaign ad this jackass filmed at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. Not only did he piss a lot of people off with the ad, he also broke the law.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs prohibits political activities from taking place in veterans cemeteries. Cramer said he will be pulling the ad. His opponent, state Sen. George Sinner (D), was also disgusted by Cramer’s actions:
“Cramer’s actions are both ridiculous and a violation of the law which very clearly states that political activities of any kind are not allowed. No one, including Kevin Cramer, should use those who have served and sacrificed as political props on these hallowed grounds….Today, I am joining the National Guard, VoteVets.org, and veterans across this state and this country in calling on Congressman Cramer to remove this ad and apologize immediately.” [Source]
As despicable as his campaign ad is, it’s also a reminder of which party fills those hallowed grounds: Republicans. The war mongering Republican party loves to send troops off to war. Loves it.
They send them to foreign countries to die and then pretend that they care about them when they get home. Do they show their support by keeping them home? Nope. They think “supporting our troops” is complaining when their government shutdown closes war monuments. They “support our troops” by voting against veterans bills. They “support our troops” by cutting funding for foodstamps which feeds many of their families.
So, as disgusting as this ad is, it shows just how little respect the party actually has for the people they claim to hold in such high regard.
Here’s the ad: