2020 Dems join together for video marking Memorial Day
Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates appeared in a video released Monday to honor fallen U.S. service members on Memorial Day.
The candidates shared their stories in the NowThis video, which was organized by the VoteVets PAC and posted on Twitter.
We asked Dem presidential candidates to honor the true meaning of today. Here is what they sent. We thank them all, and remember all those we lost in war. Thanks to @NowThisNews for their help with this! pic.twitter.com/WaJs4jhs0y
— VoteVets (@votevets) May 27, 2019
“VoteVets and these presidential candidates are asking you to take a few moments today to remember the fallen,” text on the video reads.
Reps. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonEx-CBO director calls for more than trillion in coronavirus stimulus spending Overnight Defense: Trump’s move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd’s death ‘a national tragedy’ Democrats blast Trump’s use of military against protests MORE (D-Mass.) and Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE, who are veterans themselves, appeared in the video.
Moulton and Gabbard spoke about veterans with whom they served in the Iraq War.
Moulton, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, commemorated James Hassell of Alabama, who carried a wounded comrade through gunfire on his back in the 2004 Battle of Najaf and died of heart failure in the U.S. in 2013.
Gabbard paid tribute to Staff Sgt. Frank Tiai of American Samoa, with whom she served during a deployment to Iraq before his death in 2005.
And Buttigieg recounted the story of Sgt. David Johnson De-Ford, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. De-Ford, an Army veteran, joined the National Guard after the 9/11 attacks.
Other 2020 hopefuls including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) also participated in the video.
Sanders discussed Staff Sgt. Thomas Fogarty, who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2012, only one month after arriving in the country; Warren commemorated specialist E.J. Murphy of Brockton, Mass., who was killed in Syria in May 2017 at the age of 22; and Harris discussed Army Lt. Ken Ballard of Mountain View, Calif., who was killed on Memorial Day weekend of 2004 in Iraq.
Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.), two other 2020 presidential candidates, paid tribute to veterans in the video as well.
–Zack Budryk contributed to this report, which was updated at 1:03 p.m.
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