Media triggered by Trump-loving U.S. troops; CNN slammed for reporting autographs against the rules

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CNN ran a widely criticized hit piece Wednesday accusing U.S. troops stationed in Iraq of violating certain Department of Defense guidelines.

Published hours after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Iraq for a surprise visit with U.S. troops stationed at Al Asad Air Base, the piece specifically complained about the troops asking the president to sign their “Make America Great Again” hats.

“But troops’ requests for the autographs could brush up against [DoD] guidelines for political activities,” the virulently left-wing network breathlessly reported.

“Those guidelines say that ‘active duty personnel may not engage in partisan political activities and all military personnel should avoid the inference that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship, approval, or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign, or cause.'”

CNN even took the time to ask certain “US military authorities” for comment. None reportedly replied.

The network did obtain a quote from retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, an Obama-era spokesperson.

“It is in fact a campaign slogan, that is a campaign item, and it is completely inappropriate for the troops to do this,” Kirby said. “Every time [Trump’s] around military audiences, he tends to politicize it, and he brings in complaints and grievances from outside the realm of military policy.”

A member of the US military holds up a “Make America Great Again” hat as US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the US military during a stop at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, on December 27, 2018.  (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

This stunning hit piece was not well received on social media, where CNN has been pilloried nonstop for attacking America’s men and women in uniform.

Look:

Retired Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, the man credited with killing Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, chimed in well, asking, “[W]hy are you trying to throw war-time troops under the bus?”


If CNN were alone in its audacity, Americans could simply switch the channel on their TVs. The problem is that this sort of flagrantly anti-America sentiment runs deep throughout the media.

During the president’s visit Wednesday evening to Ramastein Air Base in Germany, a Bloomberg News reporter shared images to Twitter of troops holding MAGA hats and gear.

Look:

In fairness to the reporter, she didn’t complain about what she saw. Yet the argument could be made that she knew full well how her rabidly left-wing followers would react to these pictures: by attacking America’s men and women in uniform for being “white trash,” among other things.

Look:

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

It’s unclear why these people think that U.S. troops showing appreciation for their commander in chief is “disgraceful” and “gross.” It’s also unclear why they think any of this is illegal. It’s not.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

Vivek Saxena

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