February 7, 2023

A top Republican just smeared a Democratic lawmaker for his military pension and it backfired bigly

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The Trump era has completely and shockingly laid bare the corrupt hypocrisy at the heart of the modern Republican Party. The philandering, immoral, conman, reality television hack was able to rally the support of the Evangelical bloc of the right-wing electorate and seize the White House despite his complete lack of anything even remotely resembling “Christian morality.”


Additionally, Trump attacked POW’s, Gold Star families and repeatedly disrespected our armed forces but the GOP — the party that claims to be pro-military — remained silent. The Republicans are happy to let Trump embarrass the office of the president and undermine our nation at every turn if it means they can have his rubber-stamped approval on their legislation.

Last night,  West Virginia Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter took aim at Democratic State Senator Richard Ojeda who is currently running for Congress. She slammed him for meeting with activist filmmaker Michael Moore, calling it a “slap in the face to every hardworking West Virginian.” The statement was an absurd exaggeration made in bad faith.

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Ojeda, a veteran, showed he is not one to easily back down. He hit back hard, saying that Potter “has never worked a hard day in her life” and attacked her support of the detestable Texas Senator and failed presidential candidate Ted Cruz. He invoked the recent upset congressional win of Connor Lamb in Pennsylvania and said he intends to win his Congressional race.

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Potter responded to Ojeda’s tweet in disgusting fashion by mocking him for getting “money from the government,” a cowardly and oblique reference to the well-deserved pension Ojeda receives for serving in the military.  

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It’s worth noting that Ojeda has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, seven Army Commendation Medals, and five Army Achievement Medals.

Twitter users were rightfully outraged at Potter’s disturbing tweet and immediately let her know it. Ojeda made sure to interact with several of them to ram home his point.


Ojeda refused to let Potter off the hook for her shameful comments and tweeted out again, demanding an official apology from the Republican Chairwoman.

Potter finally caved in the face of all the backlash and tweeted out a milquetoast explanation and disingenuous apology. That said, here is no taking back what she said and she must be held accountable for her hypocrisy.

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Clearly, all of their “principles” are nothing but cheap talking points they use to exploit voters during the election cycle. They only care about seizing power so they can give massive tax breaks to corporations, line their own pockets, and degrade social progress.

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Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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