While police stood by and watched the city of Baltimore succumb to looting and plundering, one lone Vietnam veteran stood in front of them, and in front of rioters, and took control of the situation like only a veteran can.
Robert Valentine, who initially identified himself as “just a soldier,” was caught by CNN cameras yelling at the rioters to go away. Shockingly, they listened.
CNN reporter Joe Johns asked Valentine if he was concerned for his own safety when he confronted the mob.
“I did 30 years, OK, came out a Master Sergeant. I’ve seen more than all this,” he said. “I’ve been through the riots already. This right here is not relevant. They need to have their butts at home. They need to be in their home units with their families studying and doing something with their life. Not out here protesting about something that is not really about nothing.
“They do not respect this young man’s death. You know. Now, mama and daddy lost a child. That could be them. So I’m very pissed.”
When asked why he did it when others would be afraid, Valentine gave the greatest answer.
“I love my country. I love my Charm City. I’m an American,” he said. “I’m not black, white, red, yellow or nothing. I am American.”
Too bad Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake doesn’t have the same leadership ability.
— Mike Drakulich (@PghSportsNation) April 28, 2015
Robert Valentine a Vietnam Vet stands with police to stop these thug rioters. Thank you Sir! pic.twitter.com/GHR62XVNIA
— Lori (@OCPDB5) April 28, 2015
This guy. The man. Vet. Robert Valentine. Best thing I’ve seen on CNN today. pic.twitter.com/DMX6MBt68G
— SouthTradr (@SouthTradr) April 28, 2015
Best voice tonight is Robert Valentine, Vietnam vet, standing in mayhem, just told the thugs to GO HOME–“they aren’t protesting ANYTHING.”
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 28, 2015
— Chris Rock (@ozchrisrock) April 28, 2015
— Mark Zinni (@MarkZinni) April 28, 2015
— Darth Vectivus (@DarthVectivus) April 28, 2015
#RobertValentine is everything that is good in this country.
— Matt (@Bigsike3) April 28, 2015
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) April 28, 2015
— Jason Abney (@J_Dubya_A) April 28, 2015
— PeteCairns (@PeterCairns) April 28, 2015
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