This tweet caught my attention this morning:
I'm a broken record on this, but FL-01 is home to three major military bases and many thousands of active service members, vets, DOD GS and contractors. A well funded normal conservative, preferably a veteran, could successfully primary Gaetz. https://t.co/BcpQTg89lI
— Will Collier (@willcollier) March 10, 2023
It links an article at National Review about Gaetz’s failed plan to withdraw troops from Syria. The unspoken assumption is that military folks understand the need for national defense better than anyone. So put in a normal guy, and a soft-on-defense fella will go down.
I see it differently. I think the military folks in that district are why Gaetz is in Congress.
I’m tossing this post into the discussion hopper before leaving for work. I tried looking up recent data on how vets feel about Trump and could not find anything clear. Maybe commenters can.
But I know the vibe I get. And it’s that military members and vets are patriotic, and for some reason that translates to votes for Trump and Trumpy candidates.
I used to think like Will Collier. I remember thinking after Trump mocked McCain for getting captured in battle that he would be massacred in military-heavy South Carolina. That was definitively not the case.
And in 2016, some of the nastiest and most virulently ardent Trumpers on Twitter had bios saying they were veterans.
This is obviously not a slam on our military or our veterans. My Dad and brother were both in the Navy and I am a fan of military members and veterans.
I’m just not sure I’m a fan of their voting patterns.
Feel free to tell me I’m wrong. I might be.