Jill Biden was trending on Twitter on Saturday, and not just because of what her stepson Hunter called her in his texts.
It’s because once again, we seem to have one of those situations where there are two sets of rules — in this case, if you come up on the wrong side of the Bidens, it’s not going to end well for you.
The Army has suspended a retired three-star general, Gary Volesky — a man who earned the silver star for valor while serving in Iraq–while it conducts an investigation. He was still working for the Army in a contract capacity, advising active-duty officers as a mentor for $92 an hour.
What did he do that earned him a suspension and an investigation? He responded to a tweet from Jill Biden.
For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies.
Today, that right was stolen from us.
And while we may be devastated by this injustice, we will not be silent. We will not sit back as the progress we have already won slips away.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) June 24, 2022
“For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies,” Jill said. “Today, that right was stolen from us.”
That, of course, was a lie. The Supreme Court decision found there was no constitutional right and sent the question back to the states, so Americans could vote on it. But talking about norms–this was Jill Biden, whose husband was supposed to be upholding the constitutional order, attacking the Supreme Court.
Volesky responded to the tweet, “Glad to see you finally know what a woman is.” Hardly the most scandalous thing in the world and certainly funny, as well as on target.
But they suspended him over that, and are now investigating if it “violated decorum rules for retired officers.”
So, I have a few questions.
If this is somehow offensive for wading into politics, I’d like to know how they characterize this attack from the Department of Defense under Joe Biden against Tucker Carlson?
— Dr. Nickarama (@nickaramaOG) March 11, 2021
They also had people in uniform from official accounts going after Tucker Carlson because he raised a question about Joe Biden’s focus being “maternity flight suits and updating requirements for hairstyles.” That was seemingly no problem of decorum.
So, it’s proper to talk about smiting a Fox host and all the remarks on diversity are just fine, but a light remark about Joe Biden’s wife isn’t?
Please don’t pretend that you’re not being involved in politics–when you’re hip-deep in it and spreading it thick.
We know the problem here is because it was directed at Jill Biden and because Volesky showed that he might have the wrong politics. If Volesky’s comment had been suitably leftist and directed at Tucker Carlson or a Republican politician, we know it would have been no problem. That’s an issue with our military now, which isn’t supposed to be politicized. But we can see it in real-time as it’s happening.