President Trump appears to have blocked a nonprofit progressive veteran advocacy group on Twitter after criticizing the president for his executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries.
“The Commander in Chief can block @VoteVets, the voice of 500k military veterans and families, but we will NOT be silenced,” VoteVets.org wrote on Twitter, including a screenshot that shows Trump had blocked the organization’s account.
— VoteVets (@votevets) June 13, 2017
VoteVets, which on its website claims to have backers in all 50 states and more than 5 million voters contacted since 2006, has in the past criticized the president over his budget proposal and GOP attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Newsweek notes that the group had been voicing their disapproval of the president’s executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries shortly before they were blocked by him.
VoteVets wrote that Trump’s Muslim ban was “unconstitutional, immoral and a threat to our national security.” The nonprofit also criticized Trump for complimenting Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin and for allegedly violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which prohibits presidents from accepting payments and titles from foreign countries.
Trump has a rocky history with veterans and the military. In February, Trump vowed to support them, saying “we owe them so much” and “our veterans are going to be taken care of for once and for all.” But last October he seemed to suggest that former soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder aren’t strong or “can’t handle” combat “horror stories.” And last summer, after Gold Star father Khizr Khan condemned Trump in a Democratic National Convention speech about his son killed in Iraq, Trump alleged Khan’s wife hadn’t been “allowed” to talk.
In 2015, candidate Trump said Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) was “not a war hero” despite having been a prisoner of war in Vietnam because he preferred “people who weren’t captured.