The missive, titled “Fire Robert McDonald,” called out the secretary for his inaction, and for downplaying the problems within the department.
“Instead of mending the agency, McDonald has adopted the cavalier disregard of veterans that he was hired to end. He has become the lead excuse-maker for an uncaring and self-serving bureaucracy,” the letter reads.
“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important?” McDonald told reporters at Christian Science Monitor breakfast.
Despite the VA’s attempt to contextualize the quote, The Washington Examiner said the fact that he made the comparison at all shows how unfit he is to hold the position of VA secretary.
It adds, “Veterans, who put their lives on the line for their country and in many cases received grievous wounds, are not remotely comparable to pleasure-seeking holidaymakers,” in reference to the comment.
The Washington Examiner editorial staff, however, is not the only group that feels he should be fired. Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, has also called for McDonald to resign over his Disney remarks.
A number of politicians have condemned the statement, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Arizona Sen. John McCain, who also a veteran. However, neither of the two officials suggested McDonald should be fired or resign.
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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.
A Russian man got drunk as all hell and tried to hijack an airplane on Tuesday, according to Russian news agencies.
So, pretty much your typical day in Siberia. No seriously: As Reuters notes, "drunken incidents involving passengers on commercial flights in Russia are fairly common, though it is unusual for them to result in flights being diverted."