President Trump’s marketing campaign bungled this week by operating a web-based advert with a photograph of Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley that urged voters to “request your ballot” — and despatched those that clicked to the marketing campaign’s voter-sign-up web page.
It was simply the newest in a string of silly politicization of the army on each side.
Gen. Milley naturally mentioned his likeness was used without his consent; simply days earlier than, he’d instructed NPR that the army performs no position in home politics.
An earlier bungle got here in the televised roll-call vote at the Democratic National Convention when two troopers from the Army Reserve’s ninth Mission Support Command appeared on-camera as the American Samoa delegation introduced its votes.
The delegation mentioned it aimed merely to spotlight Samoa’s dedication to service, however, Defense Department guidelines prohibit sporting uniforms to partisan political occasions.
At the time, an Army spokesperson instructed The Post: “The Army follows the Department of Defense’s longstanding and well-defined policy regarding political campaigns and elections to avoid the perception of DOD sponsorship, approval or endorsement of any political candidate, campaign or cause.”
Too unhealthy Trump’s marketing campaign — or a minimum of the man who assembled that Web advert — wasn’t paying consideration.
If there’s one American custom that has served the nation effectively, it’s the one banning involvement of the armed forces in political disputes, campaigns, and rallies. Violating that’s disrespectful to all US service members and veterans.
The nation’s political fights are ugly sufficient; it doesn’t need anybody in the army seems to decide sides.