Amy Williams kisses her husband Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams after he surprised her by appearing at the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump in a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Kathryn and Rush Limbaugh and first Lady Melania Trump watch. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Does anyone really doubt that Trump could cure cancer and the media would start pumping out op-eds complaining that it’s actually a bad thing?
If you watched the State of the Union, you were treated to an amazing scene of a soldier being reunited with his family. He had served multiple tours and surprised his wife in the gallery during the speech. It was an important moment, not just because it was heart-warming, but because it illustrated the human cost of the wars we are currently continuing to stumble through. These are real people, with real families, and the more voters are shown that, the more responsible we can hold our leaders when military force is misused.
WELCOME HOME AND THANK YOU! President Trump thanked a military wife, Amy Williams, for her sacrifice. The president surprised Williams by telling her that her husband was home from Afghanistan. Watch the family reunion at the State of the Union. https://t.co/Adcv6LDKQc pic.twitter.com/45TYAMLig5
— KCENNews (@6NewsCTX) February 5, 2020
But because this reunion involved Donald Trump, that means it has to be spun as not only bad, but dangerous.
Perspective: Inspiring military family reunions actually hurt our soldiers https://t.co/1avnfnx0fp
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 10, 2020
Here’s an excerpt.
The first thing you probably notice is that the complaint is totally divorced from the reunion itself. Yes, the repeated cycle of deployments and returns have a profound impact on military service members. But that has basically nothing to do with the initial reunion itself or it being public. Absolutely no one has claimed that someone hugging their wife publicly means there will be no struggles later. The Post article is erecting a straw man and beating it senseless just to try to own Trump.
This is clickbait. The idea that "deployment-related challenges might creep up in the months after returning home" does not detract from the heartwarming triumph of reuniting families with their deployed servicemembers. Be better, @washingtonpost. https://t.co/NY6W1OjN2M
— Drew Hudson (@DrewCHudson) February 10, 2020
Of course, if you read the responses to the article, they are littered with self-righteous, likely non-military left-wingers pronouncing how awful it is that Trump “used” the family at the SOTU. That’s simply false. The soldier in question volunteered for the honor, and by all accounts, enjoyed the opportunity. He was also not brought home early as a stunt. His tour was actually over at that point. It was his decision and that should be honored.
To be frank, it’s not up to me, you, the Washington Post, or any number of Democrat trolls to decide what is and isn’t proper in this case. If a soldier wants a public reunion, he should get one. The idea that the reunion itself is somehow harmful is ludicrous and this moment shouldn’t be diminished by some Post article trying to score political points.