Pat Tillman’s Widow Criticizes Donald Trump’s Travel Ban: ‘Not What He Died For’
Marie Tillman, the widow of former Arizona Cardinals safety and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, expressed her disappointment in President Donald Trump’s immigration ban in a powerful Facebook post she shared on Saturday.
Marie says her husband ‘did not die for’ an executive order to be put in place that prevents citizens of Muslim-majority countries Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the United States for 90 days.
Her Facebook post reads as follows:
“In 2002 my husband enlisted in the US Army, he stood up to serve because he believed in the principles on which our country was founded and, recognizing it wasn’t perfect, was passionate about what it could be. Today I am deeply saddened by the news of the executive order banning immigration. This is not the country he dreamed of, not what he served for and not what he died for. Since his death I have embarked on the most meaningful work of my life, supporting the men and women who, like Pat, fight for what this country can be. As I read posts from the community of #Tillman Scholars on my Facebook feed I am encouraged; they are exactly as I knew they would be, poised and ready to fight. I am proud of them and proud to stand with them, we’ve got this.”
At age 25, Pat Tillman walked away from his NFL career to join the army 8 months after 9/11. He was killed by friendly fire during an ambush on April 22, 2004 while serving in Afghanistan.