During MSNBC’s coverage of the Iowa Caucus on Monday night, reporter Jacob Soboroff wanted to give viewers a glimpse into the weird process that Iowans use instead of voting to select their delegates to the parties’ nominating conventions. As the netwrok stuck its cameran and microphone into group debating the positions of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, a young woman who identified herself as a military veteran asked what Sanders plans to do to fix the VA.
Warning: the young woman drops an f-bomb in the video below:
We haven’t been able to learn her name or confirm that she’s actually a veteran but the media has run with the idea that she she served her country. Here’s what she said:
What I want to do, what I want to know is how, ‘cause I get VA, I am VA, I am a vet. My mom’s a vet. How is he going to fix it? Because I can tell you right now that the VA is more screwed up than it has been in a while. The fact that I haven’t gotten benefits in three months because the VA is so f—— up really makes me concerned.
The incident may have happened on cable, but the kids in the circle and the young correspondent freaked out at the f-bomb. Anchor Brian Williams jumped in with an apology: “When you listen in to caucuses, you get the good with the bad and people often speak the way they do out on the street and we apologize…for a bit of French that snuck in to our English language translation.”
What do you think? Do Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm veterans agree that the VA is “more screwed up than it has been in a while”? Should problems with the VA be a more central issue in the upcoming campaign?