Playing politics with veterans.
Last week on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show, Hillary Clinton downplayed recent scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs which resulted in the deaths of vets who were waiting for care.
Since then, a growing chorus is calling for Clinton to apologize. CNN reports:
Veterans’ groups fire back at Clinton’s VA comments
Some veterans groups are firing back after a comment Hillary Clinton made about the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal. The former secretary of state suggested in an interview late last week that the controversy which shook the VA last year was overblown, and Republicans used it to serve their own agenda.
“It’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be,” Clinton said Friday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” when asked about the scandal and how she would fix the VA.
Yet the federal government’s own report contradicts Clinton’s remarks.
The VA’s inspector general concluded inappropriate scheduling practices at VA medical centers were “systemic” in 2014, after a CNN investigation revealed veterans were dying while waiting for care on “secret” lists at the Phoenix VA. The scandal led to the resignation of then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, or IAVA, called her comments a “head-scratcher” firing off this response on Twitter.
“That is not a winning argument — or factually correct,” he said.
Last night on Special Report, Ed Henry of FOX News covered the issue:
Twitchy has compiled a great round-up of reactions to Hillary’s comments:
— The Hill (@thehill) October 24, 2015
Willing to propagate ANY Lie, ANY day.
This is *your* candidate, Democrats… https://t.co/mm8vNQQry1
— justturnright (@justturnright) October 24, 2015
You've got to be kidding me.
— BT (@back_ttys) October 24, 2015
I mean, how ignorant can you be to say this? https://t.co/w5qX55i98e
— #OntoMiami (@Thomas__Kahl) October 24, 2015
Elitist Elderly Democrat says VA is just fine. https://t.co/NyuxRIrddx
— Rob Tam (@robtr2) October 24, 2015
Because once you have the blood of 4 dead Americans on your hands,300,000 vets dying while waiting doesn't seem bad https://t.co/17Xsq9lqc9
— Rodzilla (@clantro) October 24, 2015
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