Former talk show host Montel Williams went before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee Wednesday to make an impassioned plea for the release of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.
Tahmooressi made a wrong turn at the border in March, accidently crossing into Mexico with several firearms in his vehicle — firearms that are legal in the United States. The marine, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has been held in a Mexican prison for the past six months.
Williams, a U.S. Navy and Marine Corp veteran, tearfully questioned the U.S. government’s commitment to members of the military.
“To me, this is an abomination,” Williams said, his voice breaking with emotion. “He didn’t hesitate to say, ‘Aye aye, sir,’ to go off and serve. How dare we! How dare we, as a nation, hesitate to get that young man back! We sit here, in this city, and discuss sending more young people off to die!”
Watch his testimony here via C-SPAN:
It didn’t take long for word of Williams’ moving testimony to make it Twitter, prompting folks to offer their thoughts on the matter, including current and former members of Congress:
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 1, 2014
— Rep. Tom Marino (@RepTomMarino) October 1, 2014
“If we can’t treat the best (of us) better than we treat the worst,how dare you ask another man to put on the uniform.” by @Montel_Williams — Steph (@Steph93065) October 1, 2014
Wow – @Montel_Williams just delivered a hell of a speech on the US sergeant imprisoned in Mexico
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 1, 2014
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