The official Republican Party Twitter account on Monday followed President Donald Trump’s lead by echoing his attacks on retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, the man who orchestrated the raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.
After the president falsely accused McRaven of being a supporter of Hillary Clinton over the weekend — despite the fact that the retired admiral never endorsed her during the campaign — the GOP said that McRaven doesn’t deserve to be seen as a non-political figure because he was purportedly on Clinton’s short list of vice presidential nominees in 2016.
“Retired Adm. William McRaven was reportedly on Hillary Clinton’s short list for Vice President in 2016,” the GOP wrote. He’s been critical of President Donald Trump — even dating back to the 2016 campaign. He’s hardly a non-political figure.”
Of course, being on someone’s short list doesn’t mean you’ve chose to ally with them politically. Rather, it just means you’re being considered as a potential candidate who might be asked if you’re willing to serve.
Additionally, many Republicans — including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — were all harshly critical of Trump and his behavior during the 2016 presidential campaign, but that didn’t mean they were pawns for the Democrats.
The reaction to the GOP’s tweet was almost uniformly negative — check out some of the top replies below.
I’m old enough to remember when the @GOP respecting the military and its veterans.
— Jeff Faile (@Jeff_Faile) November 19, 2018
The retired Marine at my house just asked me to tell you to fuck off @GOP.
— Alice (@Smart4agirl) November 19, 2018
Is this the hill you are choosing?
Says quite a bit…
— Robert Stewart (@aarostew) November 19, 2018
He was also on the shortlist for a Trump administration position. https://t.co/BkVngzUzXq
— Kel Varnsen (@_Kel_Varnsen_) November 19, 2018
rePuBLiCaNs REsPeCK ouR TroOpS pic.twitter.com/kV3DK60aIa
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) November 19, 2018
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 19, 2018
Ha, ha, ha, ha. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new GOP. Nothing matters but absolute fidelity to the Dear Leader.
— The Rusty Rustin (@RustinRustin78) November 19, 2018