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Kamala Harris was widely criticized for a Saturday post that many saw as insulting to Memorial Day and all that it represents. “Enjoy the long weekend,” Harris said in a tweet accompanied by a photo of herself. It made no mention of Monday’s holiday, and many were outraged that Harris opted to focus on the “long weekend” rather than the US servicemembers who died while doing their military duty, which is why Memorial Day exists. Nikki Haley’s answer was short and to the point: “Unprofessional and unfit.”

Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris paid a more suitable tribute to America’s soldiers, a day after attracting criticism.

 

“Throughout our history our service men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country,” read Harris’ message Sunday morning. “As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice.”

While that tweet was liked over 66,000 times and retweeted over 4,500 times, it sparked a little uproar among veterans who believed Harris was misunderstanding the actual meaning of the “long weekend.”

 

Prior to Saturday’s post, the vice president was slammed for quickly wiping her hand after greeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

 

Neither the tweet nor the hand wipe have gotten the attention of the mainstream media, which is generally supportive.

Tim Murtaugh, former Trump 2020 campaign communications director, indicated Harris made the Sunday tweet “24 hours after googling ‘Memorial Day.’ ”

Deneen Borelli, a Fox News contributor, chipped in, “Clean up aisle 5…”

The issue comes after Harris was criticized by some for a “woke joke” about solar power that went flat during a speech to the graduating Naval Academy class on Friday, according to the New York Post.

Code of Vets (@codeofvets), an organization that uses social media channels to assist veterans in crisis or need, was among the first to respond to Harris’ tweet.

 

“It is Memorial Day weekend. This weekend is our time as a nation to honor our Fallen. It is our dedicated time to reflect on our war fighters, those who paid the ultimate price for our Freedom,” The @codeofvets account was mentioned.

 

Task & Purpose editor-in-chief and Marine veteran Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) similarly scolded the VP, saying, “It is Memorial Day weekend. This weekend is our time as a nation to honor our Fallen. It is our dedicated time to reflect on our war fighters, those who paid the ultimate price for our Freedom.”

For years, Democratic officials have worked to eradicate patriotism and American values from the school system and society as a whole. On National Prayer Day, the Oval Office even avoided using the word “God.”

 

The majority of Americans, particularly those with family members who have served, value the liberties made possible by our veterans and see Memorial Day as an apolitical, uniting celebration that honors those who have fought for our country, regardless of political persuasion.

Also on Sunday, President Biden attended a Memorial Day celebration in New Castle, Del., not far from his home in Wilmington.

The president will also attend the formal Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.

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