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Wed May 25, 2016, 07:25 AM

Trump Protester Alexander McCoy is a Hero [View all]

Alexander McCoy served six years in the Marine Corps, separating in 2013 at the rank of Sergeant. As a Marine, he deployed to Saudi Arabia, Honduras, and Germany in support of the U.S. Department of State. His writing on foreign policy, defense and veterans issues has also appeared in Reuters, Foreign Policy, the Jerusalem Post, the Daily Mail, and the Journal of Political Risk. He is the Marine Corps co-chair for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks' Council of the Former Enlisted, and currently studies political science at Columbia University in New York City. He serves on the board of the Ivy League Veterans Council, which advocates on behalf of veterans in higher education, and High Ground Veterans Advocacy, which trains veterans to become grassroots activists.

A bogus Daily Beast article attempted to impugn the characters of a small group of Vets who were protesting Trump on Monday. Despite what the author and some Bernie supporters have gone on to conclude, this was not a Clinton campaign event nor was it astroturfing. Many in the Sanders camp are now actually attacking the Vets for their protest of Trump! The depths to which some Sander's supporters have sunk has reached an all time low.

It was a protest put together by Marine veteran Alexander McCoy. Could it have been a larger, more well organized event? Yes. But, that is what happens when your every day Joe and a few other people want to have their voices heard and have the courage to actually get out there in public and do it.

Alexander reached out to the Clinton campaign for press contacts. The campaign offered that and some nominal logistical assistance (a conference call for attendees) for his cause. And the Clinton campaign has made it clear they are happy to help any other groups as well. Nothing is stopping other groups from doing so.

Amidst all the nasty put downs and smug judgements of naysayers, do the critics actually give a damn about McCoy and his group of fellow vets who actually got out there and pushed back against the Trump machine? Do they care about his message? Or, are they so caught up in finding ways to attack Clinton that his very legit cause is being drowned out in BS. If they actually care, they can easily do something about it. What were all the folks who are insulting McCoy's efforts doing Monday while he stood out there on the sidewalk in NY getting jeered at by Trump supporters? Right. Thought so.

Contrary to the accusation that he is lying, McCoy's statements are consistent. The fact that he did not want his message to be hijacked by a different cause means he didn't want his message hijacked by a different cause. He wanted it to be about Trump. This is not difficult to understand. Alexander is actually a hero and a remarkable and accomplished human being. Petty, small minded smears based on partisan and fact free conjecture will never change that. I am incredibly proud someone of his caliber supports Hillary.

And, unlike his detractors, I don't blame Alexander a bit for wanting to have his message ABOUT TRUMP rather than Hillary or war in general. It is his and the other Vet's protest. The fact that the author and some Sander's supporters would have liked it to be a different protest made is ON them. They can organize their own rather than demeaning this small group of Vets who actually showed up to challenge Trump. McCoy and his fellow Vets are appalled by Trump, his lies and his use of them while doing NOTHING for them. And you know what they got for their effort? Trump supporters and Sander's supporters putting them down. Window washers dumping water on them. News agencies and Sanders supporters making it about Hillary instead of the Vets, their message and Trump. This is not about Hillary no matter how much some would like to spin the message to make it more "newsworthy." For me, what Alexander and his fellow Vets have to say is incredibly important and enough.

If Alexander or any of the Vets who showed up to the protest are reading this, know you are awesome.

Thank you for your service.

Thank you for standing up and thank you for calling out Trump despite all the BS.

I hear you. Other people hear you.

You are heroes.

Mad props to you all. Thank you!

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