A Vietnam veteran is being praised on social media after standing up to a group of rioters in Baltimore and delivering a poignant message.
Robert Valentine identified himself simply as “an American” to CNN’s Joe Johns during an interview Monday night (video below).
“I love my country. I love my Charm City. I’m an American,” Valentine says in the interview. “I’m not black, white, red, yellow or nothing. I am American."
The Vietnam vet said he was “very pissed” and added that the rioters “do not respect” Freddie Gray’s death.
“They need to have their butts at home,” Valentine said. “They need to be in their home units with their family, studying and doing something with their life.
“Now momma and daddy done lost a child, and that could be them,” Valentine added.
Valentine said he had no second thoughts about standing up to the violence.
“I did 30 years, okay, came out a Master Sergeant,” said the veteran. “I’ve seen more than all this. I’ve been through the riots already.”
The interview was aired on Anderson Cooper 360 and quickly found its way onto social media sites. Several people took to Twitter and commended Valentine for his efforts, calling him a “true American hero.”
You can watch the interview of the Vietnam veteran standing up to rioters in Baltimore below.
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