VoteVets, a progressive veterans group, released a new ad Friday targeting President Trump’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 mockups of facilities such as “Camp bin Laden” and “Joint Base Al-Zarqawi.”
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.