Air Force Warns Troops To Stay Away From Pro-Trump Rally

A North Dakota airbase is facing a congressional investigation after a text message leaked showing military leadership warning service members not to attend a nearby pro-Trump rally — telling them it could jeopardize their military careers.

Earlier this week, leadership at the Air Force base sent a text message urging military members to “exercise caution downtown this weekend” because of a Turning Point Action event being held in the area, referring to the moderate conservative organization as “alt-right.”

The text message stated, “From the MDG chat last night: ‘Leaders, please exercise caution downtown this weekend. I’ve included a text from the 5SFS/CCF. Please pass along to your team and ask them to be careful and reach out for any concerns. We just got word of an event going at the fairgrounds downtown called the Dakota Patriot Rally. Its guest speaker is from an alt-right organization called Turning Point Action.”

“Please advise your folks that if they are going to be downtown this weekend, it’s good to be cautious, as the crowds this event may attract could be confrontational to military members,” the message continued. “Additionally, please remind them that participation with groups such as Turning Point Action could jeopardize their continued service in the U.S. military. There was a shooting incident yesterday in Minot; unclear if it was related.”

The Dakota Patriot Rally event website showed that the speaker the text message was referring to was Turning Point Action Chief Operating Officer Tyler Bowyer, who does not appear to hold any “far-right” opinions.

Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) has responded to the news, demanding an Armed Services Committee investigation into the text message.

“Air Force base in North Dakota warns airmen not to attend rally featuring pro-Trump Tyler Bower or risk ‘jeopardizing’ military career,” he wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Our men & women of the Armed Forces fight for our freedoms only to be threatened/ denied by leftist leadership. This command should start preparing for an Armed Services Committee hearing/ investigation NOW!”

Mills also spoke out about the issue during an appearance on Benny Johnson’s podcast, explaining that he had already spoken to Subcommittee on Military Personnel Chairman Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) about the issue and they are already working “to request a subpoena and a military inquiry.”

He went on to say that Congress would be compelling leadership at the Air Force base to testify and provide an explanation for the text message.

Turning Point Action has also responded to the text message, declaring it “absolutely appalling” and confirming that Dakota Patriot Rally attendees are not in any way “confrontational to military members” — noting that they are actually some of the “U.S. Military’s most ardent supporters.”

“How dare they dissuade servicemen and women from affiliating with conservative groups and leaders,” a spokesperson for the organization told Fox News in a statement. “This should set off alarm bells throughout North Dakota and D.C., that something is terribly wrong at the Minot Air Force base. This also warrants an immediate congressional hearing and investigation, and whoever is responsible should be held accountable. It’s exactly this type of poison that has caused the Air Force to miss its recruiting goal for the first time in decades.”

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