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Kamala Harris, the US vice president, has faced widespread criticism online after she called on her followers to “enjoy the long weekend” ahead of Memorial Day on Monday.
The national holiday, part of Memorial Day weekend, commemorates members of the military who lost their lives fighting in the US armed forces.
Twitter users have since condemned Harris, who did not mention Memorial Day in her post on the social media platform on Saturday.
“It is Memorial Day weekend. This weekend is our time as a nation to honour our fallen. It is our dedicated time to reflect on our war fightrers, those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” one user replied.
Another asked: “Care to mention WHY we’re having a long weekend, Kamala?”
Harris wasn’t just reminded of the significance of this weekend by critics, but also of those who died serving the country, as others shared images of mourners and those who lost their lives on the frontline:
@VP Don’t think I will. https://t.co/AL3KRyxdyu— S.R.M. (@S.R.M.) 1622325640
@VP Unbelievably disappointed that there is no mention as to why there is a “long weekend”. This is a picture of ou… https://t.co/zoYvIvFGrD— Michael Kirk 🇺🇸 (@Michael Kirk 🇺🇸) 1622332232
@VP https://t.co/JwVQQ2GOER— Paul in RI ™️ (@Paul in RI ™️) 1622326684
Others, meanwhile, defended the vice president’s well wishes, comparing her post to remarks made by ex-president Donald Trump:
@VP It’s truly amazing seeing all of these Trump supporters upset over a tweet.— Bryan 🇺🇸 (@Bryan 🇺🇸) 1622375658
Hold up; the people who defended the former guy Trump who called fallen soldiers losers and suckers had the nerve t… https://t.co/4dy0OLksoi— David Weissman (@David Weissman) 1622344291
2010: Trump tweets "Happy Memorial Day!" 2011: Trump tweets "Happy Memorial Day!" 2015: Trump tweets "Happy Memoria… https://t.co/joLPM83szh— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1622381550
Hey MAGA pearl-clutchers, remember when Trump said John McCain was not a "war hero"? "He was a war hero because he… https://t.co/zOhzYLwveQ— Hana Perez🌊 (@Hana Perez🌊) 1622369295
trump attacked Gold Star families, called veteran losers and suckers, allowed Russians to put out hits against our… https://t.co/M3MV7zeKLV— A Black Woman..The End (@A Black Woman..The End) 1622373014
Harris later went on to post an additional tweet following the controversy, in which she wrote: “Throughout our history our service men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country.
“As we prepare to honour them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice.”
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