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Progressive vets compare Confederate officers to terrorists in new ad on Army bases

Progressive vets compare Confederate officers to terrorists in new ad on Army bases
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VoteVets, a progressive veterans group, released a new ad Friday targeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE's refusal to support the renaming of Army bases named after Confederate officers, who it compared to foreign terrorist leaders.

"We'd never name bases after America's enemies, like Osama bin Laden," the group tweeted along with the ad. "Why does Donald Trump so desperately want to keep the names of other racist enemies on our Army bases?"

The advertisement reimagines military bases with pretend mock-ups of facilities such as "Camp bin Laden" and "Joint Base Al-Zarqawi."

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The ad says "10 military bases still bear the names of Confederate Army traitors," listing examples such as Robert E. Lee, George Pickett and others "who took up arms against the United States in defense of slavery."

The ad says Trump "dishonors our service" when he declared earlier this week that he would never allow the names to be changed, despite the willingness of Pentagon leaders to look at the idea.

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Trump tweeted Wednesday that he would "not even consider" renaming the bases, and warned GOP politicians on Thursday not to "fall for" legislative moves to change the names.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyOvernight Defense: National Guard says no federal requests for election security help | Dems accuse VA head of misusing resources | Army official links COVID-19 to troop suicides Esper ducks questions on military involvement in election Army secretary: No request for military intervention in election unrest MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Biden nets military family endorsements | Final debate features North Korea exchange | Judge refuses to dismiss sexual assault case against top general Israel signals it won't oppose F-35 sale to UAE Our troops in the Sinai are a small force with outsized importance MORE had announced Monday via an Army spokesperson that they were open to changing the names of the bases, marking a reversal from positions expressed in February.

The removal of Confederate statues and imagery from multiple public spaces comes amid protests against racial injustices and police brutality over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man from Minneapolis who died in police custody last month after a now-former officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus introduced legislation Thursday calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol, one day after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (D-Calif.) said the statues should be removed.

The Marines and the Navy have both within the past week banned the display of the Confederate flag, and statues of figures associated with genocide and slavery have been torn down or defaced in locations such as Belgium and Boston.