The US Air Force is telling its members not to attend a pro-Trump demonstration if they want to stay in the service.
Service commanders at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota issued a warning that anybody attending the Dakota Patriot Rally presented by Turning Point USA might ruin their service careers.
Military officials noted in the warning that “participation with groups such as Turning Point Action could jeopardize their continued service in the United States military.”
Outrageous story. Air Force base warns members not to attend rally with pro-Trump group speaker https://t.co/UfBge2pA4b
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) November 21, 2023
Here’s what BizPac Review:
Minot Air Force Base personnel were warned by leaders to “exercise caution” if they were going to be anywhere near a rally that would feature a speaker from Turning Point Action.
Service members at the Air Force base in North Dakota were reportedly told in a text message to “be careful” and “reach out for any concerns” if they were going to be in the vicinity of the rally last week that would have a guest speaker from the conservative group that supports former President Donald Trump.
“Leaders, please exercise caution if downtown this weekend,” read the message sent to service members at Minot Air Force Base, according to Fox News.
“At issue was a planned Nov. 17 event dubbed the ‘Dakota Patriot Rally’ at the state fairgrounds in Minot, and the text warned personnel ‘to be cautious’ if they were in the area, especially because some rally-goers ‘could be confrontational to military members.’ The text, which was shared with the popular ‘Air Force amen/nco/snco’ Facebook page, also noted that the event would feature a guest speaker from Turning Point Action, which the warning noted is an ‘alt-right’ organization,” Fox News reported.
The message reportedly forewarned service members “that participation with groups such as Turning Point Action could jeopardize their continued service in the U.S. military.”
Fox News noted that the Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs office did not respond when asked for a comment on the alleged text message.
Air Force base warns service members to avoid 'patriot' rally with speaker from pro-Trump group https://t.co/a1yVrvLbGV
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 21, 2023
Here’s what American Military News reported:
United States military leadership at the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota recently sent service members a text message warning them that their “continued service” could be in jeopardy if they attended a local rally featuring a speaker from an organization that has historically been supportive of former President Donald Trump.
The text message to Minot Air Force Base personnel, which was obtained by Fox News, stated, “Leaders, please exercise caution if downtown this weekend.”
The text message cautioned any base personnel who were thinking of going into town while the event was taking place last Friday to “be careful” and “reach out for any concerns.”
The event mentioned by Air Force leadership was the “Dakota Patriot Rally,” which took place at the state fairgrounds in Minot. Leadership warned Air Force members that some of the people attending the rally “could be confrontational to military members.” The text message also warned military members that the featured guest speaker would be from Turning Point Action, which leadership claimed was an “alt-right organization.”
In the text message sent to the Air Force base’s service members, leadership warned “participation with groups such as Turning Point Action could jeopardize their continued service in the U.S. military.”
Air Force base warns members not to attend rally with pro-Trump group speaker https://t.co/iAXUI8eK1A
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 21, 2023
Rep. Matt Gaetz responded to the news by saying, “Whoever thought sending this message out was a good idea is going to be answering questions under oath in the Armed Services Committee.”
Whoever thought sending this message out was a good idea is definitely gonna be answering questions under oath in the Armed Services Committee. @RepJimBanks @CoryMillsFL @RepMarkAlford https://t.co/lEHKjshVFd
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 21, 2023