Judging by his tweets, state Rep. John Kriesel, the Republican wounded war vet from Cottage Grove, was outraged at the reaction of the audience at last night’s Republican debate.
There were loud boos from the audience when a gay soldier appeared on video to ask the candidates about gays and lesbians in the military.
Kriesel, who lost both legs while serving in Iraq, wrote today on his Twitter account:
How many of those people in the audience at the GOP debate that booed the gay soldier serving in Afghanistan are brave enough to serve??
If someone is brave enough to risk their life and serve their country in a time of war, let them serve. Who cares if they are gay?!?!
Booing a soldier during a time of war?!? A new low. Way to look compassionate Florida Republicans. #morons
Kriesel told the Star Tribune this morning that the booing was “pretty disgusting.” Whether it was one person or many, “no one should be doing that,” he said. “People there are representing a party. It gives Republicans a bad name.”
Said the paper:
Kriesel said when he first entered the service he did not think about the recently-repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law that barred openly gay members from serving. But now, he said he feels: “If someone is willing to serve their country and risk their life, I don’t care if they are gay.”
With Jim Kosmo, Kriesel wrote a book about his war experiences, “Still Standing; The Story of SSG John Kriesel.”