Leaders warned personnel at Minot Air Force Base to “use caution” if they were going to be near a rally that would feature a Turning Point Action speaker.
Service members at the Air Force Base in North Dakota were reportedly told in a text message to “be aware” and “let go of any doubts” if they were near the rally. last week that he would have a guest speaker. from the conservative group that supports former President Donald Trump.
“Leaders, please use caution if you are downtown this weekend,” read the message sent to service members at Minot Air Force Base, according to Fox News.
“At issue was an event scheduled for Nov. 17 called the ‘Dakota Patriot Rally’ at the Minot State Fairgrounds, and the text warned staff to ‘be careful’ if they were in the area, especially since some attendees at the rally “could be”. confrontation with the military.’ The text, which was shared on 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 organization of “alternative right”. Fox News reported
The message reportedly warned service members “that involvement with groups such as Turning Point Action could jeopardize their continued service in the U.S. military.”
Fox News noted that Minot Air Force Base’s Public Affairs office did not respond when asked for comment about the alleged text message.
According to the Dakota Patriot Rally website, the guest speaker was to be Turning Point Action Chief Operating Officer Tyler Bowyer, who describes himself as a “conservative activist” at the event. web site.
A spokesperson for Turning Point Action found the text message sent by Air Force leaders to be “absolutely appalling,” in comments made to Fox News Digital while clarifying that TPA did not organize or sponsor the event.
“Tyler Bowyer was simply a keynote speaker. Second, Turning Point Action is not the alt-right, it is a mainstream conservative organization, and Tyler Bowyer is not a fringe personality: he is the COO of TPAction, a board member of RNC for the state of Arizona and one of the most accomplished political organizers in the country,” the spokesperson told the outlet.
“Finally, Mr. Bowyer and those attending this event are not ‘militaries’ but are some of the most ardent supporters of the US military,” added the spokesman, who said he was “shocking and totally unacceptable” that a service member’s career could be put in jeopardy by taking part in a TPA event.
“How dare they dissuade servicemen and women from joining conservative groups and leaders,” the spokesman said.
“This should be ringing alarm bells throughout North Dakota and DC that something is terribly wrong at Minot Air Force Base. This also warrants an immediate congressional hearing and investigation, and whoever is responsible should be held accountable,” added the spokesperson. “It’s exactly that kind of venom that has caused the Air Force to miss its recruiting target for the first time in decades.”
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