Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chairwoman Jocelyn Bucaro said Republicans "need to realize that just as refugees aren't Skittles, veterans aren't moochers for wanting the care they're entitled to from the VA."
Bucaro was referring to a Tweet made by Donald Trump Jr., son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, that compared Syrian refugees to Skittles.
“This image says it all,” the younger Trump wrote under a graphic that says, “If I had a bowl of skittles [sic] and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
Later, Davidson defended his statement to this news outlet.
“I ran on a promise to bring forth bold proposals to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs,” he said. “As a veteran, I know the sub par care that many of my brothers and sisters in arms have received and I will not be content until that is changed. Any effort to suggest I have anything other than a soldier’s passion for providing our veterans with the care they deserve is dishonest.”
Davidson introduced a bill earlier this month that would require members of Congress and their staff to receive health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, saying it would push Congress to improve VA health care.
In a previous interview with this news outlet, he said he hoped Congress would be “willing to lead by example” in taking on VA health care.
Davidson said though he is a veteran, he has tried to use other health care. He currently receives health care through an exchange created by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.