While Donald Trump’s appearance at the Army-Navy football game reportedly garnered him more cheers than jeers in a reversal of his more recent appearances at sporting events, the relatively receptive crowd included a group of West Point army cadets who were most decidedly fans of the president if their frequent display of white power hand gestures on camera were any indication.
Twitter was full of posts from indignant TV viewers of the annual football competition between the Army’s West Point team and the Naval Academy’s Annapolis-based team who tweeted footage of cadets — apparently emboldened by the presence of a president who is willing to pardon war criminals — jockeying to get their white power hand signs on camera.
West Point students throwing a White Power sign?! These guys need to be held accountable! https://t.co/i3qRdQP9N1
— MarySMoore (@MarySMoore) December 14, 2019
As an American,
As a Navy Dad,
As a decent human being…
…you hate to see racist West Point cadets emboldened by the presence of the Racist-inChief at an #ArmyNavyGame to throw up the "White Power" sign on national TV.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 14, 2019
Wow that chump cadet is flashing the white power sign behind the head of a black cadet on national TV. That’s so sad & unfortunate. He disgraces West Point & the US Army. Too bad his face can’t be seen. He needs to be identified. @WestPoint_USMA https://t.co/O6SHKDKVAQ
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) December 14, 2019
— Danny (@danzu72) December 14, 2019
Wow, white power signs being flashed by cadets from .@WestPoint_USMA What are you going to do about it, West Point? Despicable!
— MarinCountyGal (@MarinCountyGal) December 14, 2019
If you are doing it at a west point ceremony in 2019 it’s definitely a white supremacy symbol and only someone who lies like a deplorable would deny it. pic.twitter.com/IjpB0P4A2o
— XX (@SisterChromatid) December 14, 2019
my west point grad older brother is rolling in his grave. he led black, brown and white troops in vietnam, sometimes pulling them dead and burned from their tanks in battle. he always stressed that nothing could matter less in war then your compatriot’s race or religion.
— amy, cory, y julián, time to STEP UP now. (@maison21) December 14, 2019
With the preponderance of negative reactions to the foolish cadets who were flashing their racist gestures, the Pentagon would normally be looking to punish the perpetrators of this type of behavior that reflects so poorly on their branch of the armed forces and make an example out of their transgression to prevent a future recurrence.
In the age of Trump, however, it’s uncertain whether Army brass will risk alienating a president whose own opinion of white supremacy consists of calling its advocates “very fine people” and who was willing to completely undermine the Code of Military Justice to please his political base by pardoning convicted war criminals.
With the president apparently more interested in bolstering his reelection by appealing to the considerable number of white supremacists among his base than in maintaining military discipline, it gives Congress yet another increasingly urgent reason to move forward with impeachment and remove this divisive presidential imposter from the office he has no qualifications to hold outside of the mere continuance of his heartbeat.
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