NATIONAL (VFB) — Bernie Sanders remains the top choice for President among members of the active duty military, according to a just-released analysis of presidential campaign contributions by the Center for Responsive Politics. (OpenSecrets.org)
From the CRP, “Individuals listing their employer as the U.S. Department of Defense or one of the branches of the military have given $374,600 to Sanders, more than to any other presidential candidate.” This total, however, does not account for donations from any of the 22 million American Veterans of the Armed Forces, which would undoubtedly increase that total.
Such strong numbers should come as a shock to no one, since Sanders has remained the leading favorite of military men and women from the early beginnings of this race.
— John Agoglia (@AgogliaJohn) May 31, 2016
There are other factors too, like how Clinton used to go around telling everyone that, as first lady, she dodged sniper fire in Bosnia — a ‘stolen valor’ remark insulting to all real combat veterans. (btw… We sure do miss real journalists, like Tim Russert. RIP)
— Veterans for Bernie Sanders #vets4bernie (@vets4bernie) April 26, 2016
Part of it might also be Hillary Clinton’s tall tale that she tried to join the Marine Corps in 1965, although it probably didn’t have the effect she was hoping for.
— Veterans for Bernie Sanders #vets4bernie (@vets4bernie) April 12, 2016
I would honestly love to hear Hillary tell her “I-tried-to-join-the-marines” tale to a room full of actual devil dogs — not a roundtable feel-good session.
— New Day (@NewDay) November 12, 2015
Maybe it has something to do with Clinton’s willingness while Secretary of State to approve weapons deals with enemy nations once they’d donated millions to her family’s foundation/laundering scheme.
— Jeanette Sandernista (@JeanetteJing) February 12, 2016
Of course, there is no question that Clinton’s decision to strongly support the invasion of Iraq — compared with Sanders’ strong opposition — makes the Vermont Senator extremely popular within the Iraq veteran community (and Clinton virtually despised).
— Veterans for Bernie Sanders #vets4bernie (@vets4bernie) May 30, 2016
As Sec. of State doing the bidding of American Oil Companies, Clinton famously called Iraq a “Business Opportunity,” which doesn’t exactly exude empathy for the soldiers and marines who fought, bled, and died there.
Hillary Clinton should apologize for calling Iraq a "Business Opportunity" pic.twitter.com/o5GDiIFHRv
— Veterans for Bernie Sanders #vets4bernie (@vets4bernie) June 3, 2016
— Veterans for Bernie Sanders #vets4bernie (@vets4bernie) June 2, 2016
— Veterans for Bernie Sanders #vets4bernie (@vets4bernie) April 25, 2016
There’s the fact that Republican Senator John McCain, a Veteran war hero who survived as a POW, praised Bernie, saying he has a record as a fighter for Veterans — while specifically pointing out that Clinton does not.
— Veterans for Bernie Sanders #vets4bernie (@vets4bernie) May 20, 2016
Fact: "Bernie has sponsored more veterans bills than any other legislator in the last three decades." – https://t.co/iSoLWXjdkr
— ProgressiveParty (@ProgressivePTY) April 24, 2016
Whatever the reason(s), there can be no question that those who serve want a Commander-in-Chief who honors their service and respects their sacrifice, a President who will use the American military wisely and responsibly. Overwhelmingly, their choice is BERNIE SANDERS.
— Veterans for Bernie Sanders #vets4bernie (@vets4bernie) April 29, 2016