Republicans have landed on a new asinine “scandal” to feign outrage over, just like they do every few days. A clip of Vice President Kamala Harris boarding Air Force Two on Monday has exploded across the conservative media sphere because—horror of horrors—she forgot to salute the Marines standing at the base of the staircase.
It was likely a simple, benign oversight, one that is completely understandable when one considers all of the things the vice president surely has on her mind. It certainly wasn’t some kind of deliberate show of disrespect as right-wingers are clambering to claim. It also must be mentioned that the vice president is not a part of the military chain of command and protocol does not demand that he or she salute.
With a popular Democratic president in power and a life-changing $1.9 trillion relief bill rolling out, Republicans have no real issues to criticize the Biden administration on so they’re reduced to these displays of pettiness. If they had anything substantive to offer the American people they’d be able to focus on that instead of drumming up fake controversy to feed their ever-hungering propaganda beast.
The entire right-wing discourse on the subject is rendered utterly absurd when one recalls that they supported Donald Trump even after he mocked POWs, attacked the family of a Gold Star service member, and repeatedly insulted the late war hero John McCain. Trump directly and deliberately disrespected the military constantly and conservatives simply stuck their heads in the sand. Now that he’s out of office they’ve returned to pretending to care about our servicemen and women.
A perusal of some of the conservative tweets on Salutegate quickly reveals it as a pathetic farce.
VP Harris repeatedly fails to salute military on Air Force Two, breaking with precedent https://t.co/ToAd7T6din
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 24, 2021
Kamala Harris doesn’t salute members of the military as she gets on Air Force Two, breaking with a customary tradition of respect
Remember when she and Joe Biden tried to sell the lie that *Trump* was the one who didn’t respect the troops?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 23, 2021
Kamala Harris does not salute the military when she arrives at or steps off Air Force Two, unlike her predecessors former Vice Presidents Mike Pence and Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/CUrS9jt4w2
— David Croom – (ツ) (@dailycallout) March 22, 2021
DISGRACEFUL: @VP Kamala Harris refuses to salute the honor guard at the steps of the aircraft. It is a clear demonstration of her dislike for those in uniform, both law-enforcement and military. pic.twitter.com/7QFHzamnt7
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) March 23, 2021
Kamala Harris, salute when you get off Air Force Two, you rude thing
— Susan St. James (@SusanStJames3_) March 23, 2021
“KAMALA” definitely has a “thing” about JETS. All campaign long, very strange, narcissistic videos of her getting on and off PRIVATE PLANES (usually in those silly sneakers that she was wearing back then) —-now she’s got the Big One-AIR FORCE TWO. Kamala needs to SALUTE BACK! https://t.co/ehmsAvQ9Sn
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) March 23, 2021
Biden is in no rush to get to the Southern border to see the disaster his policies have created.
Kamala Harris does not salute back to the troops as she boards Air Force 2.
If you look closely, you’ll see that the Biden Administration perfectly encapsulates “America Last.”
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) March 23, 2021
After watching Kamala Harris disrespect our troops and refusing to salute the men and women who protect her, I will not apologize for saying
Kamala Harris is a Pole Model and not a Role Model
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) March 24, 2021
WATCH: Kamala Harris Does Not Salute Members of the Military When Boarding Air Force Two https://t.co/qaUqgUEycO
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 23, 2021
Why didn’t Kamala Harris salute the military when she got on Air Force Two this evening?
— Paul A. Szypula, US Senate Candidate for NY in ‘22 (@Bubblebathgirl) March 23, 2021
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