Brian Kilmeade, Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer, who you can find on Twitter here: @kilmeade, @marthamaccallum, @billhemmer and let them know of your disapproval, dismissed Desiline Victor’s, the 102 year old woman who attended the State of the Union Address, wait to vote.
Their collective sarcasm and irreverence on the issue is appalling. These pundits say that, despite her being held up as a victim she was happy to be there, happy to be an example. They’re right, she was happy to be there, she was happy to be an example – just not in the way they would have their audience believe.
Desiline Victor, as the president accurately described (transcript below), was no victim. She is a shining example of the sacrifices that everyday Americans make in supporting this country. The president placed her on a pedestal for a moment to let our nation thank her for her service.
But these Fox Friends couldn’t hold their tongues for a day or back down from their spin machine to let her alone and agree that actions like hers are good for this country.
From the President’s State of the Union:
We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, she wasn’t thinking about how her own home was faring. Her mind was on the 20 precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.
We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. And hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line to support her — because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read, “I voted.”
We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside, even as he lay bleeding from 12 bullet wounds. And when asked how he did that, Brian said, “That’s just the way we’re made.”
What we shouldn’t do is follow the example of those Fox reporters by following any good thing with destructive negativity and deception. That’s just not the way we’re made.