My son-in-law has been mobilized with the VA Guard. He could end up attached to MAJ Pete Hegseth of the DC Guard. I want to know if Pete is with the insurrectionists or not. This isn't a joke. I'm being completely serious. Is MAJOR Hegseth siding with the violent mob or my kid?
Does he agree with the Joint Chiefs when they said "We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection."
They were clear: "As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideals of the Nation. We support and defend the Constitution. Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law."…
Does MAJ Hegseth agree with his paragraph? "On January 20, 2021, in accordance with the Constitution, confirmed by the states and the courts, and certified by Congress, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th Commander in Chief."
When the mob shows up again will Pete be defending the Capitol and our democracy or high fiving his friends with the body armor, weapons, bear mace and bombs? This isn't a mental exercise when he continues to serve in uniform while going on TV excusing an insurrection.
I've never gone after Pete much. We served in the 101st at the same time. He's always been a unique guy with different opinions than mine but now I've got a kid facing possible violence and an officer serving with him might not be on his side of this fight. How many are there?
Is this why he nuked his Twitter account? If so, why is he still appearing on TV defending the insurrectionists? Pick a side, Pete. Are you with your fellow soldiers defending our Constitution and the Congress or are you with the mob attacking our first branch of government?

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