By LEO Affairs Staff:
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin is coming under heavy fire from both military and law enforcement groups after comments she made about veterans who become cops. While talking about the issue of retraining police with Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings, Baldwin said “I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they are ready to do battle.”
Senator Cummings doesn’t miss a beat agreeing with her and said “they definitely need more training, better training, they need better recruitment, and that’s why I’ve been asking the DOJ to come in and do a Pattern or Practice investigation.”
This marks a decided turn for CNN, who typically keeps its bashing to law enforcement, not veterans.
The backlash was instantaneous on social media. Here are just some of the responses via Twitter:
Vets deserve full apology and retraction from @BrookeBCNN ON THE AIR. She spread the worst, most defamatory anti-Vet stereotype there is.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) April 28, 2015
@BrookeBCNN Wait…what? Veterans who become cops are to blame for the riots? As a vet, I find this sickening and you delusional.
— Joe Dougherty (@joe_dougherty) April 28, 2015
Your right @BrookeBCNN we are ready to stand for our nation just like we always have. Maybe you should consider doing the same!
— Dakota Meyer (@Dakota_Meyer) April 29, 2015
— B A L D W I N (@baldwin100) April 28, 2015
Of course, she apologized, saying:
Folks. Please don't misunderstand me. Dear friends/family of mine are veterans. I was repeating a concern vocalized to me lately. That's it.
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) April 28, 2015
However, it’s clear her apology has not been accepted.
@BrookeBCNN Did you know that 22 veterans are killing themselves every single day?? And you blame them for the bullshit in Baltimore??
— Norsk Angel™ (@Forensic_Lady22) April 28, 2015
— Jessie Jane Duff (@JessieJaneDuff) April 29, 2015
Vocalized by whom, @BrookeBCNN?
— Erik Soderstrom (@soderstrom) April 28, 2015
Brooke Baldwin just apologized on CNN but never specified what she was retracting or apologizing for.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) April 29, 2015