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COMBAT VETERAN JAMES MACKLER COMMENTS ON THE INSURRECTION ACT

COMBAT VETERAN JAMES MACKLER COMMENTS ON THE INSURRECTION ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

NASHVILLE – While Tennessee U.S. Senate candidate and White House COVID Task Force member Bill Hagerty, who was handpicked by the president to run for office, has wholly endorsed militarizing civilian streets, decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement:  

Threatening to put the full force of the U.S. Military on civilian streets makes as much sense as defunding the World Health Organization during a pandemic. It’s dangerous and wrong. I’ve been deployed to a combat zone, and I know what that means to our troops and our military families. Bad people need to be caught — I thank everyone who helped identify and arrest the man responsible for setting Nashville’s historic courthouse on fire who was not part of the peaceful and lawful demonstration against the murder of George Floyd and systemic racism Black Americans continue to face — but the U.S. Military should not play a role in quelling violence that’s being incited from within the White House.

Since launching his campaign at a closed rural hospital in McKenzie, TN, James has earned support from the DSCC, Tennessee Fire Fighters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL, Vote Vets, Serve America, Let America Vote, End Citizens United, Giffords PAC, Gov. Phil Bredesen, and thousands of Tennesseans in all 95 counties.

James Mackler joined the U.S. Army after 9/11 to do more and serve in a time of crisis, serving in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot as a Screaming Eagle in the 101st Airborne Division. He later protected sexual assault survivors and prosecuted criminals as a U.S. Army JAG attorney. James is running for U.S. Senate for the same reasons he joined the army — to do more and serve all Tennesseans in a time of crisis.

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