Wingnuts Rant About Things They Don’t Understand, Part 10,568
Bob Bergdahl, the father of U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (recently-released after five years as a Taliban prisoner), might just have some empathy with families whose loved ones have been locked up in Guantanamo Bay for well over a decade. Sunday evening, Mr. Bergdahl tweeted a link to a Guardian video of family members urging the release of the final five Tunisian prisoners at Gitmo.
All in all a fairly innocuous sentiment — particularly considering that the prisoners in question were all cleared for release by the Bush administration, yet still languish in captivity with neither charges nor credible evidence against them. Apparently, though, the idea of freeing brown people — even innocent ones — is just too much for some on the right. (Because Obama, probably.) This single tweet elicited pages of responses, most along the lines of these examples, and none positive or supportive in any way.
@bobbergdahl you are an anti American piece of shit.
— Sean Bartley (@SeanBartley) June 2, 2014
@bobbergdahl Should we implement Sharia?
— TTW (@ttw187) June 2, 2014
— Patrick Dollard (@PatDollard) June 2, 2014
Of course Michelle Malkin’s band of blowhards over at Twitchy are on the case, as well. Yes, the wingnuts have landed on the Bergdahl family. They’re traitors, don’t you know?
After all, here we have the dad actually supporting the release of innocent men from endless prison. And we already knew the son actually had some qualms about the U.S. mission in Afghanistan after seeing it first-hand. There clearly is some bad blood between Bowe Bergdahl and some of his fellow soldiers, at least if social media can be believed.
Still, the fact remains that very little is actually known about the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s capture. Both the Army and DoD say he will not be facing any charges. He has also been promoted twice while held by the Taliban, lending even less credence to the idea that the Military views him as a traitor.
But then, when did the wingnuts ever let facts get in the way?