Fox Business host Lou Dobbs drew a backlash on Twitter after he attacked U.S. generals who criticized Donald Trump's Fourth of July celebration.
"No wonder these Snowflake Generals haven't won a war since 1991," wrote Dobbs in response to a CNN report saying that military chiefs and Pentagon officials were concerned that Trump's event, which includes displays of M1 tanks and other military weaponry, was becoming too politicized. That would cause military members who attended the event to violate Department of Defense guidelines preventing them from engaging in political activity.
No wonder these Snowflake Generals haven't won a war since 1991: Military chiefs concerned about @realDonaldTrump's July Fourth celebration https://t.co/8JNPa3Q2e7 via @MailOnline#MAGA#AmericaFirst#Dobbs
- Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) July 4, 2019
Dobbs' tweet was met with anger from Trump critics, including progressive veterans activist group VoteVets, who pointed out that Dobbs has never served in the military.
Great War Hero* @LouDobbs attacks people who spent their life serving America, in uniform, as "snowflakes." Big talk there, Lou!
*who actually never served https://t.co/uYJD02JV7T
- VoteVets (@votevets) July 4, 2019
Imagine what Lou Dobbs would say if a Democrat said this. He'd be calling for a war crimes tribunal. https://t.co/sOG2JupvRw
- Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 4, 2019
Generals are critical of Trump so they become snowflakes. Anyone critical of the Great Supreme Leader becomes a target. This is exactly the authoritarian state the Founding Fathers envisioned for our democracy. Also Lou Dobbs, an elitist Harvard grad, never served. https://t.co/6ElyZcSDNO
- Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) July 4, 2019
Lou Dobbs: "No wonder these Snowflake Generals haven't won a war since 1991." Trump is close to and often praises Dobbs. (https://t.co/Suqo8fGNlD). Does Trump agree the generals are snowflakes? He speaks later at an event honoring the military. Will he repudiate Dobbs' insult?
- Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 4, 2019
Trump is expected to deliver a speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the event, breaking with tradition as past presidents have not made such speeches on Independence Day. Trump has also been criticized for diverting funds from the National Park Service to pay for the event, while the Republican National Committee is selling tickets to a special VIP area for the event.