Without mentioning Kamala Harris, Brittany Aldean, wife of country star Jason Aldean, took exception with the vice president’s “long weekend” tweet.
Via Instagram, Aldean posted a photo of a flag flying at her home. Rather than mentioning Kamala Harris, Brittany wrote: “Our family doesn’t take Memorial Day lightly. It’s more than a ‘long weekend.'”
She continued with her Memorial Day tweet, again without mentioning Kamala Harris, “Jason Aldean and I both come from military families and understand the importance our loved ones and others have sacrificed for us.” Aldean said, “We fly our flag high. EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s the least we can do to show our appreciation.”
She also said: “God bless the Mamas who couldn’t hold their babies one more time (and) to the Daddies who weren’t able to express just how proud they were. WE THINK AND PRAY FOR YOU, DAILY. Happy Memorial Day. Thank you Military and everyone who continues to serve this beautiful country and risk their lives for us!!!! We love you!!”
Kamala Harris hasn’t mentioned her tweet since she posted it.
Republicans Criticized Kamala Harris for Not Honoring Meaning of Memorial Day
Aldean wasn’t the only person in the United States who criticized the vice president. Kamala Harris drew ire from Republicans when she tweeted, “Enjoy the long weekend.”
Americans know Memorial Day is a solemn, federal holiday. We honor the memory of those who lost their lives defending this country. Wishing someone a “happy” Memorial Day can be discouraged. Still, Americans also view the holiday as the unofficial start of summer. People commemorate it by spending time with friends and family during a three-day weekend. Kamala Harris acknowledged the long weekend.
But Kamala Harris hadn’t been ignoring the military before or after her long weekend tweet. Before the tweet, she posted a video honoring Sydney Barber, the first Black woman Brigade Commander at the U.S. Naval Academy. The day before, Harris also gave the commencement address at the Naval Academy. She tweeted: “To the class of 2021: You are tireless. You are ambitious. You are idealists in the truest sense of the word. Hold onto that. Congratulations!”
Harris Visited Arlington Cemetery, Monday
Kamala Harris also mentioned Memorial Day last Sunday. She wrote that the military throughout history “risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country.”
At about the same time Brittany Aldean posted on Instagram about Kamala Harris, the vice president visited Arlington Cemetery. She and President Joe Biden participated in a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Harris tweeted: “We owe these heroes—and their loved ones—everything. Not just on Memorial Day. Every day.”