The group VoteVets, whose membership includes veterans, their families, and their supporters, can now no longer respond to President Trump’s tweets.
VoteVets posted a screenshot to their verified Twitter account on Tuesday morning confirming that President Trump blocked their account from responding to or viewing his tweets.
“The Commander in Chief can block @VoteVets, the voice of 500k military veterans and families, but we will NOT be silenced,” the group tweeted.
— VoteVets (@votevets) June 13, 2017
Former Guantanamo Bay guard Brandon Neely responded to VoteVets’ tweet with one of his own, accusing Trump of “blocking all veterans.”
Looks like he is blocking all veterans. Blocked me as well pic.twitter.com/m4HqyXIAsV
— Brandon Neely (@BrandonTXNeely) June 13, 2017
VoteVets — whose website says it advocates for “foreign policy, energy security, veterans’ unemployment, and opening military service to life-long Americans born to undocumented immigrants, as well as continued investment in care for veterans” — has made numerous viral videos criticizing President Trump’s rhetoric on veterans while simultaneously pursuing policy that hurts them. In one ad, a veteran amputee is seen doing squats, while his voice-over criticizes the Trump administration’s efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is asking everyone whom President Trump has blocked to contact them, according to activist Holly O’Reilly:
.@knightcolumbia is handling our complaint against the president for blocking us. They asked anyone who has been blocked to contact them.
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 13, 2017
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.