Minot Air Force Base personnel were warned by leaders to “exercise caution” if they were going to be anywhere near a rally that would feature a speaker from Turning Point Action.
Service members at the Air Force base in North Dakota were reportedly told in a text message to “be careful” and “reach out for any concerns” if they were going to be in the vicinity of the rally last week that would have a guest speaker from the conservative group that supports former President Donald Trump.
“Leaders, please exercise caution if downtown this weekend,” read the message sent to service members at Minot Air Force Base, according to Fox News.
“At issue was a planned Nov. 17 event dubbed the ‘Dakota Patriot Rally’ at the state fairgrounds in Minot, and the text warned personnel ‘to be cautious’ if they were in the area, especially because some rally-goers ‘could be confrontational to military members.’ The text, which was shared with the popular ‘Air Force amen/nco/snco’ Facebook page, also noted that the event would feature a guest speaker from Turning Point Action, which the warning noted is an ‘alt-right’ organization,” Fox News reported.
The message reportedly forewarned service members “that participation with groups such as Turning Point Action could jeopardize their continued service in the U.S. military.”
Fox News noted that the Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs office did not respond when asked for a comment on the alleged text message.
According to the website for the Dakota Patriot Rally, the guest speaker was scheduled to be Turning Point Action Chief Operating Officer Tyler Bowyer who is described as a “conservative activist” on the event website.
A spokesperson for Turning Point Action found the text message sent by Air Force leaders to be “absolutely appalling,” in a comment made to Fox News Digital while also clarifying that TPA did not host or sponsor the event.
“Tyler Bowyer was simply a keynote speaker. Secondly, Turning Point Action is not alt-right, it’s a mainstream conservative organization and Tyler Bowyer is not some fringe personality—he’s the COO of TPAction, an RNC committeeman from the state of Arizona, and one of the most accomplished political organizers in the country,” the spokesperson told the media outlet.
“Lastly, Mr. Bowyer and attendees of this event are not ‘confrontational to military members,’ they’re some of the US Military’s most ardent supporters,” the spokesperson added, asserting that it was “shocking and totally unacceptable” that a service member’s career could be jeopardized by participating in a TPA event.
“How dare they dissuade servicemen and women from affiliating with conservative groups and leaders,” the spokesperson said.
“This should set off alarm bells throughout North Dakota and DC, that something is terribly wrong at the Minot Air Force base. This also warrants an immediate congressional hearing and investigation, and whoever is responsible should be held accountable,” the spokesperson added. “It’s exactly this type of poison that has caused the Air Force to miss its recruiting goal for the first time in decades.”
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