WaPo ‘smear’ of highly-decorated Iraq war veteran, Senate candidate omits critical info

The Washington Post cited the opinions of three experts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of gunshot wounds sustained in Afghanistan by a leading Republican Senate candidate, while omitting their ties to the Democratic Party. is facing a backlash.

Former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy, who is running to unseat Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, went to the emergency room after a reported fall in Glacier National Park in Montana in 2015. Ta. Mr Sheehy was asked about the bullet found in his arm during his visit and he said: Although a national park ranger claimed he accidentally shot himself with a Colt .45 revolver, Sheehy recently revealed that he was actually injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

Sheehy told The Washington Post that he did not report the incident to his superiors to avoid an investigation, and said he did not know where the bullet came from. He said he did not report the incident to protect his former platoon mates.

The newspaper began its report by claiming that Sheehy left a bullet in his arm “as evidence of his toughness,” but spoke to several people who questioned Sheehy’s story. Public records reviewed by Fox News Digital reveal that these same individuals have collectively donated thousands of dollars to Democrats.

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Sheehy served in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, and the Pacific region, receiving the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart for heroism in combat. (Senator Tim Sheehy)

Joseph V. Sackran, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins University and a longtime donor to Democrats, said he questioned the Republican Senate candidate’s story after seeing X-rays of the wound that Sheehy provided to the Post. I threw it. Sakran told the Post that Sheehy’s wound was “probably caused by a bullet, but we don’t know what type of weapon it was or the age of the wound.”

Mr. Sakran previously worked on the staff of the Democratic Party, serving as a health policy researcher for Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan (D.N.H.). According to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the doctor gave at least $21,000 to organizations including Hillary Clinton Victory Fund, Hillary for America, Hillary for America, and Hillary Clinton Victory Fund. It has been revealed that he has a long history of contributing to the campaign activities of Democratic Party candidates, including making donations. Democratic National Committee (DNC), Biden becomes president.

Sakuran website Calling him a “nationally recognized activist coalition builder,” he said, “His activism first gained national recognition when he founded Doctors for Hillary.”

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Sackran has also publicly commented on former President Donald Trump, who supported Sheehy in the 2024 Senate race in Montana. Sacran wrote on January 6, 2021, that the former Republican president “left an undeniable dark stain on American history.” In addition, White House visitor records revealed that Mr. Sakran visited Mr. Biden’s White House at least four times.

“We are not shocked that the Washington Post chose to cite prominent Democratic politicians in a defamatory article against decorated veteran Tim Sheehy,” said a spokeswoman for Montana’s Sheehy. told Fox News Digital in a statement. “These are the same people who promote the Democratic Party’s Russia hoax and pretend every day that President Biden is mentally healthy and the border is not in crisis. Defeat Tester and join President Trump, and we’ll be able to drain the swamp forever. ”

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Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Tim Sheehy in the 2024 Montana Senate race. (Senator Sheehy)

The outlet spoke to another expert, former Air Force attorney Rachel VanLandingham, who questioned Sheehy’s reluctance to report the incident. She believed it was “very unlikely that naval investigators would be forced to launch any investigation based on the park warden’s report due to the potential for injury from a ricochet that occurred years ago.” He said there was.

Records show VanLandingham has made multiple donations to Act Blue and Hillary for America. She also called President Trump a “poster child for terrorist recruitment.”

VanLandingham, who is currently a registered Democrat, told Fox News Digital in an email that she feels “both parties are very problematic,” and while contributing to this article, she He said his political views never came up.

“My political views do not and have never come up in any conversation with this reporter, in this or any other interview. I think our expertise is seen as neutral, and we want it to remain that way,” VanLandingham said. “I have publicly criticized President Biden and, of course, Secretary of Defense Austin in the past, and I will continue to do so.” [sic] Again, if my professional judgment warrants it. ”

Additionally, she was appointed by President Trump’s last Secretary of Defense to serve on the Military Judicial Review Board because she is known as an “unbiased, outspoken military law expert who is not afraid to speak her mind.” He added that this is proof that he is being treated.

Despite claiming that she is “neutral” and that her “analysis is not based on politics, but on law and fact,” a FOX News Digital review found that VanLandingham We found several examples of attacks on the government and its supporters.

“Trump is the poster boy for recruiting terrorists. We cannot tolerate him decreasing America’s safety and diminishing its real power!” she wrote in 2017.

In 2020, Van Landingham also wrote “Trump’s call to label Antifa ‘domestic terrorists’ is dangerous.”

“Yes, welcome to the party, that’s how I felt when racist thug Trump and his domestic and international promoters won the electorate in 2016. And the next year in Charlottesville, I felt that way.” That’s how I felt when I praised this terrible country. Yesterday I wasn’t surprised. It’s pathetic.”, “Yes.” she wrote January 7, 2021, the day after the January 6 Capitol riot.

After contributing to the Post’s report, VanLandingham painted Sheehy as a “flawed hero whose suitability for public office is highly questionable” in an April 6 post on the X show. The lawyer has been a vocal supporter of Biden and criticized his decision to choose his vice president. Choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate was a “great” decision.

VanLandingham shared a 2021 USA Today op-ed by David Rothkopf, an ardent Biden supporter, who called President Trump a “bigger” threat to the United States than al-Qaeda.of The title of the editorial is“Trump and his supporters are dangerous enemies of American democracy.”

The Journal also spoke with Kathryn Kuzminski, director of military, veterans, and social programs at the Center for a New American Security, who said, “It is highly unlikely that a civilian hospital would report a gunshot wound from several years ago to the Navy.” “I believed it to be very low,” he said. Alternatively, everyone would be concerned that such a report could lead to an investigation,” the report states.

Kuzminski, who was photographed with Biden and the first lady in 2023 and has visited Biden’s White House multiple times, said in a 2016 post on X that Trump was “not a Republican.” wrote.

He also called it “unfair” for Republicans to criticize the military’s emphasis on diversity, telling The Hill in May 2023, “What we’re afraid of is not being able to use pronouns. If that makes Vladimir Putin think poorly of our military preparedness, that’s all we can do.” What we need to do is consider the battlefield consequences that the Russian military is currently facing.”

The Washington Post, Sakran, Kuzminsky, Tester’s campaign, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Navy did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

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Entrance to the Washington Post building in Washington DC (Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images)


Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) denounced the article as a “politically motivated smear.”

“This is a ridiculous and politically motivated smear,” Cotton wrote in a post to X. “Sheehy has a decorated record and will fight Biden’s disastrous policies. That’s why the Washington Post is attacking him. They know he can win.”