On a Day of Solemn Remembrance, Leslie Cockburn Played Partisan Politics

Fifth District Democrat nominee Leslie Cockburn, best known for her connections to anti-Semitism and white nationalists, spent the 17th anniversary of 9/11 raging at President Trump.

Below is an excerpt of Cockburn’s incredibly insensitive email sent on the anniversary of the attacks:

Friends,

On the anniversary of September 11th 2001, let us not just honor all those who were lost, but their families and friends who carry that loss today. Many of those families feel that justice has not been done. The passage of JASTA, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, in Congress is the first step to holding those responsible accountable. We must pursue every available avenue to ensure that what happened that day will never happen again.

We must also not turn to scapegoats. The Muslim ban, imposed by President Trump in the name of fighting terrorism, singles out countries that have nothing to do with 9/11, many just because they are Muslim majority nations. 15 of the 19 hijackers that day were Saudis. There is no ban on immigrants from Saudi Arabia.
We must also remember that the war in Afghanistan began as a response to 9/11. The mission was to destroy Al Qaida. This has not happened. 17 years later we are mired in a trillion-dollar, un-winnable war. We need to ask what we are doing there. The soldiers on the ground ask that question every day. Let’s listen to them.
– Leslie

On the anniversary of one of the most tragic days in American history, Leslie Cockburn took a swipe at our Commander in Chief. On a day when political parties put aside their differences and our nation remembers the fallen, Leslie Cockburn shilled for herself in a crass, partisan manner.

“I am appalled by Leslie Cockburn’s behavior,” said RPV Chairman Jack Wilson. “While our country mourned, she shamefully tried to score political points. The Republican Party of Virginia calls on Leslie Cockburn to issue a formal apology to the families of the victims and first responders that died on that day.”

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