Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

John Kerry Should Apologize to American Veterans

Apr 22, 2004
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following remarks from the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, 33 years ago today, John Kerry appeared before the Senate to talk about Vietnam. Many veterans, including myself as a veteran, view John Kerry’s testimony that day as one of the worst public slanders ever against the valor and character of the American military,” said Congressman Wilson. Watch Video “In a sad act of political theater, John Kerry accused American soldiers of rape, torture, murder, and even offered up comparisons to Genghis Khan. What he said that day has been discredited. Some of the men used as sources for these war crimes were later found to never having been to Vietnam. “Yet, just last Sunday on the television show “Meet the Press”, John Kerry failed to apologize for his extremist accusations. His words in 1971 are important, because he used false information to turn public opinion against the men who were serving their country honorably, such as our colleague Sam Johnson who survived seven years as a POW in Vietnam. “These troops returned to face unfair persecution, and John Kerry owes them an apology. “In conclusion, may God bless our troops and we will never forget September the 11th,” said Congressman Wilson. ###