During a veterans march to the World War II memorial Sunday, former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was heckled by activists, ironically, just when she was saying that veterans should not be used as political pawns.
“This is a matter of shutdown priorities,” Palin said over shouts and jeers.
“You’re an idiot,” shouted a male heckler, turning the heads of her Tea Party entourage and causing others to laugh.
“Our vets have proven that they have not been timid, we will not be timid in calling out any who would use our military, our vets, as pawns in a political game,” Palin continued.
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Organizers of the “Million Vet March on the Memorials” said on its website that it resented Palin and Tea Party Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, hijacking the demonstration it says was meant to be “apolitical.”
The group says it just wants make sure memorials stay open during a shutdown as an essential government service, citing those vets who are elderly or sick and may be missing their last opportunity to visit these sites.
“We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain. The core principle is about all Americans honoring Veterans in a peaceful and apolitical manner," organizers wrote.
The group said it was Tea Party activists who carried Confederate flags and called out in front of the White House for President Barack Obama to “put down the Quran” and “come out with his hands up.”
“While we support many of those groups common causes for Veterans, we do not support the manner in which they go about it,” the group said on Facebook. “We chose instead to not incite or create panic.”