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Defense Secretary Mark Esper Declines to ‘Ban the Wearing of MAGA Hats’

Defense Secretary Mark Esper declined to ban MAGA hats during his first exclusive interview with Fox News earlier this week.
Fox News’s correspondent asked him during the interview on Tuesday, “You’ve also talked about getting politics out of the military. Will you ban the wearing of MAGA hats, for instance, or other ways politics has entered the force?”

Esper responded, “We don’t politicize the force whether it’s buttons or hats or whatever the case may be. Political items should not be worn on a military uniform ever.”

Troops who have expressed support for the president have come under attack by those who claim they are politicizing the military.

In one prominent example, during a surprise trip to Iraq in Christmas 2018, Trump stopped over in Germany and was greeted by airmen who were holding — not even wearing — MAGA hats and banners.

Some media pundits and Trump critics argued that the airmen holding MAGA hats and banner violated military rules that prohibit taking part of partisan political activities while in uniform, and there were calls for them to be punished.

Later, U.S. Air Forces Europe said in a statement, “There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president.”

Some critics argued it was a violation, since Trump was expected to be a candidate in 2020, or because “MAGA” was a campaign slogan.

However, there was no similar uproar when candidate Barack Obama stopped in Kuwait and signed magazine covers and other memorabilia for troops in uniform.

Geraldo Rivera at the time called the media criticism of troops “petty”:

During the Fox News interview, Esper was also asked whether the press is the “enemy.” Trump has previously tweeted that the “fake news media” is “the enemy of the American people.”

Esper responded, “The press is not the enemy in my book.”

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. James M Stone

    August 25, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I wish these radical leftist sons of bitches would get their fucking asses out of this country and shut the fuck up! They don’t do anything but resist, divide and start trouble. They just can’t ‘handle the truth’!

  2. BETTY LEE

    August 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Just ask the victims of Hitler’s regime if propaganda is the enemy of the people.

  3. paulette barrow

    August 25, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    THE LEFTS HATRED FOR TRUMP IS SO OUT OF CONTROL ITS NOT EVEN A NORMAL KIND OF HATE THIS IS DEMONIC,AND SEVERAL TIMES WE HAVE SEEN DEMONS MANIFEST THEMSELVES IN DEMS

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