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Kamala Harris Faces Backlash Over 'Disrespectful' Tweet About Memorial Day

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Vice President Kamala Harris found herself in hot water after members of the military slammed her “disgusting” disrespect after she posted “Enjoy the long weekend” ahead of Memorial Day, and failed to mention fallen soldiers.

The tweet, which came after Harris praised Midshipman Sydney Barber, the first black woman to serve as Brigade Commander at the U.S. Naval Academy, featured a picture of Harris smiling.

Critics were quick to slam her failure to mention the reason behind the long weekend, Memorial Day – a federal holiday that honors soldiers who died while serving in the military.

Air National Guard Lt. Colonel Adam Kinzinger called the tweet “tone deaf,” writing: “Enjoy your freedom purchased by many who died for it. Tone deaf.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote that even her seven-year-old son “understands what this weekend is about.”

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“Show some respect for the heroes who paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” she wrote.

Political reporter and editor at The Daily Wire, Beth Baumann, commented: “This isn't a 'long weekend.' It's a weekend where we honor the fallen.”

Kimberly Klacik, a former Republican congressional nominee, wrote: “Long weekend? I know many are upset & saying this is disrespectful, but I believe you are really just stupid.”

Retired Air Force pilot Buzz Patterson wrote: “It's just a 'long weekend' for this fraud. I have several dead buddies that disagree.”

Tony Lederer, a self-identified Master Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, posted a photo of the Vietnam Memorial and the comment: “Don't forget why we have a long weekend!”

@JR_justJR posted the picture of a woman lying at a grave at Arlington National Cemetery, an infant by the headstone. The post featured the comment: “It is Memorial Day weekend - nor for enjoying - but for memorializing our fallen. Our brothers and sisters, who ‘gave the last full measure of devotion.’ Please try to respect that.”

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While at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, on Friday, President Joe Biden addressed service members and their families and praised his son Beau, who was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.

Beau, who was a Major in the U.S. Army and National Guard, joined the military in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq in 2008 while he was serving as the Attorney General for the state of Delaware.

Biden said on Friday: “And so, he gave up the seat and had the courage to appoint a fellow who had been a Republican attorney general as attorney general while he — while he went. The proudest thing he ever did — proudest thing he ever did. And he — he spent a year in Iraq. And it was — it was one of the great honors of his life to do it. Won the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and other awards — like many of you have — but he never, ever talked about it.”

Biden thanked the members of the military later in his speech, telling them that he “sincerely” supports them.

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“So my message to all of you is quite simply: Thank you. Thank you. Not 'thank you for your service' — just thank you for who you are, because it's contagious. Thank you for choosing a selfless service to your country,” he said.

“I always want you to know — always — that the issues you and your family are facing, we need to know how we can support you better. I mean it sincerely from the bottom of my heart: support you better,” he said in another part of the speech.

Sources: Daily Mail