Conservative political leaders in Washington are outraged over a North Dakota air base brazenly warning its service members to avoid a rally supporting 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
The Minot Air Force Base sent a mass text message warning the recipients to “exercise caution” around a Turning Point Action gathering. It called the “Dakota Patriot Rally” the product of an “alt-right organization.”
It threatened service members that their participation in such conservative groups “could jeopardize their continued service in the U.S. military.”
Love of country is now grounds for dismissal in Biden’s military.
Why? Pres Trump and @TPAction_ are too “extremist.”
Conservative service members are being targeted by the Biden regime — this persecution must end and officials will be held accountable!https://t.co/gMHl0YkAZU
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 21, 2023
The message even warned that caution was necessary due to some attendees possibly being “confrontational to military members.” As if a conservative gathering would be anti-military.
Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) indignantly called for an Armed Services Committee investigation into Minot Air Force Base. He noted that service members fight for American freedom only to themselves be threatened “by leftist leadership.”
Turning Point Action called the text “absolutely appalling” and said attendees to its rally represent some of the armed forces’ most patriotic supporters.
A spokesperson told Fox News that alarm bells should be ringing in North Dakota and Washington D.C. “This also warrants an immediate congressional hearing and investigation, and whoever is responsible should be held accountable.”
The base said Tuesday that the message was disseminated based on “incorrect data and sent outside of official base messaging platforms.”
Officials corrected themselves, saying there was no issue with service members attending the rally if they were not in uniform and complied with regulations. It categorized the event as a local political fundraiser and not an “alt-right” gathering.
The posting reiterated that “All Air Force Airmen have a constitutional right to freedom of assembly.”
Sen. Kevin Kramer (R-ND) was not satisfied by the response. He said a “greater apology is needed” concerning the base’s “biased and misguided official communication.”
He noted being told that an internal correction was made within an hour. However, Kramer said it took days for officials to make a statement on the Minot website and Facebook page.
Turning Point Action founder Charlie Kirk posted on X, formerly Twitter, that Biden’s Department of Defense has “declared WAR on conservatives.” That much is obvious to anyone who cares to see.