Week in Review 9-11-2020

Today the nation marks the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th that killed nearly 3,000 people. In the aftermath, we pulled together as one nation united in grief and resolute to find those responsible.
The military engaged in a war of terror to find and capture Osama Bin Laden and his operatives responsible for the deadly attacks. Those American soldiers that gave their lives in that quest for justice were heroes.
On this grim milestone, while we pause and reflect, hanging over us is the dark cloud of Trump's recent disparaging comments made about our veterans. His offensive comments underscores his lack of commitment and honor to the brave men and women who defend our country and democracy daily and at great peril.
If that wasn't harmful enough, this week Trump, our nation's commander in chief, lashed out at the Pentagon's top leaders. Peter Feaver, an expert on civilian military relations at Duke University, said Trump's comments and his actions amount to an effort to politicize an institution that's supposed to be nonpartisan.
Trump has even threatened to use the military to silence protestors over the summer. This prompted more than 280 retired diplomats, generals and senior national security officials called on Trump not to use the U.S. military for political ends, warning American democracy was at risk. According to Gallup, the U.S. military is, the most trusted institution in the country.
For Rep. Mikkie Sherrill (D-NJ), a navy pilot and her combat veteran colleagues like Rep. Max Rose (D-NY), who earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Afghanistan, Trump's remarks and actions are deeply personal.
"I served and took the oath to the Constitution not because I was a loser or because I was a sucker. I took that oath because I believe in something bigger than myself," Sherrill said. 
This election is about what Sherrill and Rose fought for and many others died for - our American values. We need to also fight, but with our votes. This November we must defeat  Donald Trump to repair the damage he has done to our country and values.
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