Montel Tells PJM He'll Be the 'Worst Thorn' to 2016 Candidates on Veterans Issues

Talk show host and U.S. Marines and Navy veteran Montel Williams has vowed to be “the worst thorn” and hold every presidential candidate “accountable” by standing up for America’s veterans.

Williams was asked which candidate he plans to support in the 2016 presidential election.

“I see a whole bunch of people half stepping, lying, not telling the truth about themselves or what they stand for. I will vote for the candidate that recognizes the debt we owe to those who serve,” Williams told PJ Media at the GI Film Festival, where he was honored as the Veteran Entertainer of the Year.

“So far, I have not heard one of them, not one, on either side – not talking any smack – say a word about what they are going to do for our veterans so from my perspective, everybody in the race right now, be careful, I’m coming. I’m not running. I’m coming after them to make sure somebody holds every one of them accountable. You’re going to see me be the worst thorn at every convention, every rally. I’ll be the butthead in the back screaming out questions about our veterans.”

Williams has spearheaded an effort to free former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati from prison in Iran. Iranian authorities arrested Hekmati, a U.S. citizen, in 2011 for allegedly spying for the CIA. Hekmati has denied the charges.

Williams has encouraged the public to call for Hekmati’s release by using the hashtag #FreeAmirNow on social media. Williams called on President Obama to publicly mention Hekmati’s name and sign legislation that demands the release of American hostages in Iran.

“I want the president to specifically, out of his own mouth, say Amir Hekmati’s name because the fact that he has not said his name has put Amir in a position where he is being singled out by the Iranians saying our country doesn’t care about him as much as they care about the other two,” Williams said, referring to Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini and Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.