Wall Street Journal White House reporter Vivian Salama Monday night tweeted out images of the airmen aboard the Navy's USS Wasp.
Airmen onboard the USS WASP wearing patches on their jumpsuits that read “Make Aircrew Great Again.” The patches include an image in the center in the likeness of President Trump. pic.twitter.com/rQKAyrcDte
— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) May 28, 2019
National Observer reporter Caroline Orr did some digging, and found out that these patches have been used by some for a few years now, as HuffPost noted.
I had to check to make sure this was real. Verdict: Yes, these airmen really are wearing patches that say "Make Aircrew Great Again" with an image depicting Trump in the center.
(DoD tweeted a pic of the same patch in Sept 2017; Stars & Stripes posted a pic of it in July 2018). pic.twitter.com/vxDJmi6Ijp
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) May 28, 2019
Orr, a behavioral scientist, specializes in disinformation and the rise of hate. She adds:
"This is a frightening reflection of our nation's descent into authoritarianism."
Some on social media claim the patches violate military law, the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), especially those who see them as a political statement.
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