REP. GAETZ CONFRONTS AIR FORCE SECRETARY ON POLITICAL BIAS AGAINST CONSERVATIVES
On Tuesday, I sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall demanding answers on a recent decision by Minot Air Force Base (AFB) leadership to tell service members that their military careers would be jeopardized if they attended a local event featuring a speaker from the conservative organization Turning Point Action.
Last week, it was reported that the leadership at Minot AFB in North Dakota sent service members a series of messages warning them to avoid attending the “Dakota Patriot Rally” in downtown Minot, which featured Turning Point Action’s Chief Operating Officer Tyler Bowyer as a speaker. The leadership called Turning Point Action an “alt-right organization” and claimed attending the event could “jeopardize their continued service in the US military.”
This brazen partisan attempt to suppress the constitutionally protected freedoms of speech and assembly of our service members is completely unacceptable. Accordingly, I requested information be provided to my office to shed light on the decision-making process that led to this political bias and infringement on the constitutional rights of the brave men and women who serve our country.
Full text of my letter to Air Force Secretary Kendall can be found here.