Former Army Ranger and Benghazi survivor Kris Paronto spoke with The Independent Journal Review and stated that Hollywood didn’t know the meaning of true courage.
“There’s nothing courageous about sitting in your $5 million mansion and looking down upon us. It’s arrogant, it’s pompous, and it’s not bravery,” Paronto said.
“Just because you played a police officer or military veteran, doesn’t mean you understand what it’s like to be in our shoes.
It is not the first time the Ranger portrayed in the movie 13 Hours has spoken up, and he was very vocal during the election concerning Hillary and her failures in Benghazi.
He challenged those complaining to get up and actually do something.
“The same principle applies to these other celebrities. You wore a uniform as a costume. Try putting one on to serve your country,” Paronto said.
He pin-pointed Meryl Streep for devoting her acceptance speech for her lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes to bashing Trump.
“So you know what, Meryl Streep? Stop putting others down and go do something else. Be like Pat Tillman, drop everything you’re doing and put your life on the line,” he said.
He mentioned Robert De Niro as well.
“Robert De Niro, you played a cop in the movies. Go be a cop on the streets,” he said.
It was not all negative, he praised actress Nicole Kidman as well as actors Scott Baio and Steven Baldwin for telling liberal Hollywood to stop overreacting.
Paronto was one of the heroic survivors of the 2012 Benghazi attack, who held off invading Islamists until rescuers reached the besieged CIA base He began a national campaign to counter President Obama’s narrative on the terrorist threat. He started a nonprofit called Leading From the Front, which he hopes will translate into a national movement to drive home the real threat Islamic extremists pose to America.
“My weapon now is my voice, not a gun anymore,” Mr. Paronto told The Washington Times.
His main message is that the West is the target of a violent Islamic terrorist movement that will attack anyone, anywhere, as shown by the June 12 massacre by an Islamic State loyalist of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“Terrorists don’t care who you are,” Mr. Paronto said. “They don’t care if you’re the most accepting group in the country. They hit a gay club, for God’s sake. I can pretty much be sure most of the gay, homosexual community, LGBT community, out there never spoke an ill word against terrorism. They probably were more, ‘We’re excited about Muslims so we love everybody.’ And that’s OK. That’s the lifestyle, and they’re the ones who got hit.”
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