Douglas Andrews / June 1, 2021

Kamala Harris’s Disgraceful Memorial Day

The vice president’s message to the American people was more than merely tone-deaf; it was repulsive.

Were there any lingering doubt about Vice President Kamala Harris’s unfitness for office, she removed it on Saturday with a four-word abomination of a Memorial Day message.

“Enjoy the long weekend,” she tweeted above a dazzling profile picture of Hers Truly. And that was it. No mention of the reason for that long weekend, nor any acknowledgment of the awesome and deeply sobering sacrifice of the warriors, the American Patriots, who made it possible.

Her tone-deaf tweet speaks for itself, but New York Congressman Lee Zeldin, himself an Iraq War veteran, properly finished it for the rest of us: “…and pay tribute to the courageous men and women of our nation’s military who sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedoms and liberties.”

We wonder, in all seriousness: Where’s the apology? Because this was profoundly insulting to every American who understands what Memorial Day means. Remarkably, as we went to press, the tweet is still up there, visible for all to see.

Said another veteran, a Marine named Joey Jones, a Fox News contributor and a former bomb technician who left two legs in Afghanistan, “Just remember, it’s not ‘the Republicans’ who make the argument that Republicans are the only pro-military pro-patriotism culture party.”

“This is my Uncle Walter, Madame Vice President,” wrote another Twitter respondent. “He won’t be enjoying the ‘long weekend’ because he was KIA at Peleliu in September 1944, advancing with his fellow Marines to take the island’s airfield. Obliterated by an enemy artillery shell. He had just turned 18.”

But, yeah, Madame Vice President, enjoy the long weekend.

On Sunday, Harris and her handlers tried to do some damage control: “Throughout our history our service men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country,” she said in a sorry do-over. “As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice.”

As a politician, Harris checks a lot of demographic boxes: female, black, Asian, and the like. But as a potential commander-in-chief, she’s a walking, talking how-not-to course. More evidence of that was on display Friday during a commencement address she gave to the U.S. Naval Academy. Here’s an excerpt:

You are ocean engineers who will help navigate ships through thinning ice. You are mechanical engineers who will help reinforce sinking bases. You are electrical engineers who will soon help convert solar and wind energy into power, convert solar and wind energy into combat power. And just ask any Marine today, would she rather carry 20 pounds of batteries or a rolled-up solar panel? And I am positive she will tell you a solar panel, and so would he.

As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York noted, “Left almost entirely undiscussed was the more basic mission of the Navy and the Marines. They fight wars. Heavily armed, they protect U.S. interests and shipping and project America’s power at sea and around the world. They have done it, with great valor and sometimes at enormous personal sacrifice for sailors and Marines, for more than 200 years.”

York also contrasted Harris’s address with one given four years ago to that year’s graduating class of Midshipmen. The contrast couldn’t have been more stark. Nor could their performance as vice presidents of the United States, nor their respective Memorial Day messages.

“Today is Memorial Day in America,” tweeted Mike Pence, “the day that we honor all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Their duty was to serve, our duty is to remember, and their memory will live in our hearts forever. God Bless our fallen heroes and their families.”

Exactly that. God bless our fallen heroes and their families.

Either that, or just enjoy the long weekend.

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