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‘Left-wing, socialist hack group,’ VoteVets smears Fox News’ decorated veteran Pete Hegseth, but it’s all on video

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Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth slammed a “left-wing, socialist hack group” that tried to smear him by twisting recent comments he made about veterans.

The U.S. Army veteran called out the group VoteVets for smearing him with a video clip and misleading comments accusing him of complaining that “veterans who use the benefits they’ve earned are ‘dependent’ on the government and lack ‘personal integrity.'”

Hegseth, who holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman Badge for service in Iraq and Afghanistan, reposted the tweet with the caption, “Watch, and enjoy! Truth can be a difficult thing for some folks—especially leftists.”

VoteVets fired back with another attack on the “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host.

Perhaps not surprisingly, many were quick to judge Hegseth and condemn his remarks without apparently watching the video.

 

Even Democratic lawmakers couldn’t bother to watch the video to understand.

But an actual viewing of the clip would not only show that Hegseth was arguing for veterans to have more benefits, it would clearly show how the progressive VoteVets intentionally misled with their post.

“This is a really complicated discussion,” Hegseth said on “Fox & Friends” Friday.

“This is about disability ratings, which isn’t always necessarily tied to health care but the idea that this — the health care you get is about service-connected disabilities. If you go to war, and you get injured, we’ll take care of you,” he explained. “So when you come home, they try to rate how disabled you are and that’s how much care you get.”

He noted that the benefits are proportional and how veteran groups “encourage vets to apply for every government benefit they can ever get after they leave the service.”

“To me, the ethos of service is I served my country because I love my country and I’m going to come home and start the next chapter of my life,” he said. “And if I’ve got a chronic condition, mental, physical, otherwise, the government better be there for me. But otherwise, I don’t want to be dependent if I don’t have to be.”

Hegseth’s full comments, in context of the “Fox & Friends” discussion, were “obvious” to anyone who actually watched the video.

And while many on Twitter shredded Hegseth over the VoteVets clip and comments, others who didn’t need to be spoon-fed the left’s narrative were able to see things differently.

 

Frieda Powers

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