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TN Veteran Bob Tuke on D.C. election violence

 

Tennessee Marine, Retired: "Senators Marsha Blackburn, Bill Hagerty and the other members of Tennessee’s Republican congressional delegation have betrayed our troops."

 


NASHVILLE - Bob Tuke, USMC retired of Tennessee released the following statement in response to violence erupting in Washington D.C., unleashed by President Trump and aided by many Republicans, including Tennessee Republicans, complicit through through their own attacks on the will of the people in the 2020 election:

"What we’re seeing is an attack on our country, on our people, brought on by a president who refuses to accept that millions of us turned out to stand with and for each other and elect Joe Biden by overwhelming margins. This is what terrorism looks like: an angry mob of armed white people inside of our Capitol, threatening our government, including the very Republican leaders complicit in this attack.




This is happening because of the encouragement of some Republicans and the silence of others who fed lies about this election in order to undermine the will of the people and desperately attempt to hold onto power they clearly do not deserve.

Senators Marsha Blackburn, Bill Hagerty and the other members of Tennessee’s Republican congressional delegation have betrayed our troops who have fought for our country and democracy. They have been complicit in trumpeting lies about this election and must now do their duty, fulfill their oaths and reject these acts of sedition and treason."

Bob was an active duty Marine officer from 1969-1973 and served in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry in combat, among other decorations. Chairman of the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board and President of the Board of Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc., a veterans service organization.

About Robert D. Tuke
Mr. Tuke has been involved with many veterans service organizations in leadership rolls ever since he became a Marine veteran. Mr. Tuke is a partner in the law firm of Trauger & Tuke in Nashville, Tennessee, and he has been an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where has taught Professional and Ethical Considerations in Corporate Practice, among other courses.



Mr. Tuke is a Past President and Trustee of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in American Law. He also is listed among Super Lawyers of the Mid-South.

He received from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and a Patrick Wilson Merit Scholar. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1976 and before the United States Supreme Court in 1986. He served as a decorated Marine officer in Vietnam.

He has been active in environmental conservation and protection for many years. Mr. Tuke is a Leadership Nashville alumnus and a member of the Downtown Nashville Rotary Club.


Published January 13, 2021










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