Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a surprise visit at the WWII Memorial in the District of Columbia Sunday, along with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other politicians. They were there to support veterans during the federal government shutdown.
Standing among veterans, Palin voiced her support for them and took aim at President Obama. “We are here to honor our vets,” said Palin. “You look around and see these barricades and you have to ask yourself, ‘is this any way that a Commander in Chief would show his respect’ …”
“Our vets have proven that they have not been timid, so we will not be timid in calling out anyone who would use our military, our vets, as pawns in a political game.”
Palin then handed out American flags to veterans, greeted many and personally thanked them for their service.
Ted Cruz – recently jeered by immigration protesters at the Values Voter Summit – also spoke to veterans at the memorial. “Our veterans should be above politics,” Cruz told those assembled. “To each and every one of you who served our country, who risked your lives, let me just say ‘thank you.’ From the bottom of our hearts we thank you.”
The Million Veterans March was organized to protest the federal shut down of public monuments and memorials. Rallies and protests occurred across the country in support of veterans and the effort to re-open the federal government.
Protesters in D.C. march to the White House and clashed with police after they dumped barricade gates at the White House fence. Although the situation grew tense with pushing and shoving, police made no arrests and reported no injuries.
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