Nate Jackson / January 14, 2021

Tapper Insults Double Amputee Vet

Disagreeing over impeachment is not a reason to question Brian Mast’s patriotism.

CNN’s Jake Tapper was once a reasonably respectable journalist. As with more than a few media figures, however, his Trump Derangement Syndrome means he is more often checking integrity at the door.

Speaking about the Democrats’ second impeachment charade yesterday, Tapper called out Republicans who didn’t go along with Democrats, but he slammed one particular Republican veteran. “Congressman Brian Mast [is] a Republican from Florida who lost his legs … fighting for democracy abroad,” Tapper said before adding the insult, “although I don’t know … about his commitment to it here in the United States.”

Tapper is the author of The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, a New York Times bestseller about U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He prides himself in his work with veterans. He must have known that his comments questioning the patriotism of a man who lost both legs in service to his country would be a gross insult not just to Mast but to millions of Americans.

Mast enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in May 2000, and he later served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in Afghanistan. In September 2010, he was clearing a path for Army Rangers in Kandahar when he was severely wounded by an IED, leading to the amputation of a finger and both of his legs.

By the way, Representatives Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan, and Jim Baird, a U.S. Army vet who lost an arm in Vietnam, both voted against impeachment.

As for Mast, we’ll give him the last word: “I lost two legs for [Jake Tapper’s] right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election.”

He later added, “My commitment to democracy and to my country is unwavering. I love this place so much it literally breaks my heart to see the divide that exists in it. I love our democracy for all of our problems. There is no government that I would rather be a part of anywhere in this world.”

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