While in Great Falls last week, Donald J. Trump repeated one of his recent lies: that is, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester forced Dr. Ronny Jackson to withdraw his nomination to be the secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Not true. Here are the facts:

1. March 28. Trump nominated Jackson.

2. April 23. Senate Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) and Tester (D), ranking Democratic member, announced postponing the hearing on Jackson due to further investigation of Jackson.

(3) April 24. Tester disclosed allegations against Jackson that were received by him from former military personnel who had worked with Jackson.

(4) April 26. Jackson withdrew his nomination.

Tester did not stand alone in questioning Jackson’s credentials and fitness for becoming the secretary of Veterans Affairs. Rather, he was joined by both Republican and Democratic senators in doing so.

Was Jackson guilty of the allegations against him? We will never know because he did not defend himself. In short, Jackson “turned tail and ran.”

Harry Truman posted on his desk the aphorism, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Dr. Jackson could not stand the heat.

John C. Board,


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