Gold Star family members who attended the Veterans Inaugural Ball Friday to honor their fallen say they were physically and verbally attacked by anti-Donald Trump demonstrators outside the ball’s entrance.
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Amy Looney, who lost her husband Navy SEAL Lt. Brendan Looney in 2010, and Ryan Manion, who lost her brother Marine First Lt. Travis Manion in 2007, said they were pushed, cursed at and spat upon by a large group of protesters as they attempted to enter that ball.
The pair were representing the Travis Manion Foundation at the event, which honored nearly 40 Medal of Honor recipients.
“Unfortunately, as we got there we found ourselves separated from the rest of the group walking to the galas that night and were caught in between the entrance to the event and about 75 protesters that got very angry with us and really converged on us,” Manion said on “Fox & Friends.”
Looney said that what disturbed her the most about the encounter was the protesters’ creation of more division at a time when they were attempting to create unity.
“To witness this act, and to see – I hate to even refer to it as protesting, because it was an accelerated version of that to say the least – was really hard when we try to instill unity versus creating more division.”
Marion added that their attendance at the Veterans Ball was strictly to honor their fallen family and had nothing to do with politics.
She said that their support for the Trump administration was identical to their support for “the previous administration and just like we will support every future administration that the American people elect.”
Marion also described the incident on her Facebook page.
“We understand more than most how fortunate we are to live in a country where we can demonstrate and share our different beliefs,” Manion wrote. “But my question for those who chose to take this route Friday is this: Are you truly accomplishing anything by inciting hate?”
Manion also appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The First 100 Days” hosted by Martha MacCallum.
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She told MacCallum that to her “one of the more interesting things is they were yelling ‘Get a job! Get a job!”
She said that the following day she and Looney chuckled at that statement.
“Our job every day is to instill character in our nation’s youth,” she added, something the mob was distinctly lacking.
“We need to come together despite our differences,” she said. “The one common thing that we can all agree on is that we love this country.”
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