Navy investigating whether service members violated Pentagon rules by wearing Trump patch on uniforms.

By |2019-05-29T06:19:36-08:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |19 Comments


Courtesy of CBS News:

U.S. service members attending a Memorial Day address by President Trump during his overseas trip to Japan were photographed wearing patches inspired by his campaign slogan, and this may have violated the Pentagon’s strict rules barring soldiers from showing political preferences.

Navy spokesman Samuel Boyle said in a statement to CBS News, “Navy leadership is currently reviewing this instance to ensure that the wearing of the patch does not violate DoD policy or regulations.”

The group of service members aboard the USS Wasp in Yokosuka, Japan, were photographed by Wall Street Journal reporter Vivian Salama. The airmen posing for the photo all donned matching patches showing what appears to be the president, along with the text, “Make Aircrew Great Again.” Wire services photographers also captured images of the same military members.

The patches may not be in compliance with longstanding Pentagon guidance that dictates that active-duty military personnel should not engage in partisan political activities.

“All military personnel will avoid the inference that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship, approval or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign or cause,” the policy states.

I think it is more than likely that these patches were created and distributed by the Trump team, which means that Trump encouraged these sailors to break the rules. 

I, of course, have no idea why anybody still supports Donald Trump, but I am even more confused by the fact that members of the military continue to support him. 

After all, the man went out of his way to insult a military hero, attacked gold star families, has redirected military funds to pay for his wall, and faked an injury to avoid fighting for his country.

Oh, and there as also  this:

I mean come on! How do you continue to have respect for that? 

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19 Comments

  1. ANON May 29, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Hiroshima & Nagasaki

    Bombs Away….

  2. Beaglemom May 29, 2019 at 11:12 am

    And who paid for the patches? I hope not the American people.

    Don the Con’s remarks aboard the Japanese ship ring true to his character. He’l an ignoramus. Someone in his entourage needs to get a grade-school American history book and read it to him. Just imagine if President Obama had don such a thing!

  3. Anonymous May 29, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    This is easy to resolve… Less Than Honorable Discharge for anyone displaying a badge.

  4. anonymous May 29, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    He ‘bought’ the patches with taxpayer dollars. Just like the boxes of stupid red hats he has to provide to his loyal lumplings at his hate rallies. Every action and word from this lying traitor is part of his con but does seem to work quite well with his adoring ill-informed, uneducated racist followers. Lost a couple close relatives to this mess and I don’t miss having to put up with their nonsense one bit.

  5. Josh Liberman May 29, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Have any of you served? They are morale patches. If you google that you will see what they are. They are dirty, rude, irreverent, misogynistic, and sometimes politically incorrect. You are supposed to get a unit commander’s approval to wear them. Not everyone does. Often commanders give them out purchased from a unit morale account. They are fun and are designed to push boundaries. They support unit camaraderie. I didn’t serve in the Navy but my guess is particularly at sea they push boundaries more than usual. In theater the more forward bases do this. This patch has been around for a while and is pretty tame when compared to lots of others.

    • anonymous May 29, 2019 at 4:19 pm

      Well, sure. The commander just happened to have a drawer full of ‘morale patches’ with DumpyTrumpy’s visage sewn in. Trying to make the military partisan is not ‘fun’ and does push boundaries but thanks for playing.

    • Anonymous May 29, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Kathy Griffin was pushing boundaries, that’s what comedians are paid to do.

      We see how well that went over with Republicans.

  6. majii May 29, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Trump could have paid a visit to the Yokohama War Cemetery to honor WWII U.S. military members that are interred there. That would have been a more fitting place to mention Memorial Day since MD is an American tradition. I don’t expect any better from this idiot because he’s the guy who saluted a member of North Korea’s military when the guy was reaching to shake his hand. I researched the matter of a U.S. president saluting soldiers of foreign governments. It is not permissible for a POTUS to salute a member of a nation that is a hostile adversary of the U.S., and North Korea is an unfriendly/hostile adversary.
    https://military.maryland.gov/mdng/Documents/AR600-25.pdf
    The North Korean general understood protocol better than Trump. After some Americans made a huge fuss about it, Trump knew he’d been wrong to salute that general, so the WH punted to calling the salute an “act of courtesy.” Act of courtesy my @ss. Trump f*cked up on the international stage for the entire world to look, point, and laugh at his stupid @ss! The link shows the interaction between Trump and the North Korean general: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/06/14/white-house-trump-salute-north-korean-general-common-courtesy.html

    • Anonymous May 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      I read an article that donnie is kissing up to the N. Koreans because they have the cyber security capabilities of hacking and screwing up our election, like they did with major corporations. Sounds feasible to me.

      • Anonymous May 29, 2019 at 8:22 pm

        A whole nation of subservient women he thinks he can fuck without a condom.

  7. nanna May 29, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I wouldn’t want to be in the room when Jim Stonekettle saw that.

  8. Anonymous May 29, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Must be a Navy thing the morale patches, never ever seen them in the other branches. Not surprised they are Navy/Marine aviators (not airmen) a lot of guys stuck on a boat out in the ocean must get really weird after awhile I guess. At least the kept the lightning bolt letters and a skull off the patch. I guess that is something.

    • nanna May 30, 2019 at 12:46 am

      LOL they’re not “stuck on a boat out on the ocean”, they’re sailing somewhere and looking forward to what they’ll do when they get there, they’re where they want to be and doing the things they want to do. None of the Navy people I know would have got a morale boost from Donald Trump’s head.

      But rest assured, somebody is going to pay for making the US Navy look so utterly puerile.

  9. In the Navy? May 29, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    FB EXCERPTS:
    “According to the Wall Street Journal, in preparation for Trump’s visit to Japan, the White House wanted to ensure USS John McCain would not be visible to the so-called Commander-in-Chief during his visit to USS Wasp.
    The McCain is undergoing repairs following its collision last year, a collision caused by gross incompetence of the ships officers and which killed seven Sailors. The White House was afraid Trump would be upset if he saw the ship’s name, because he hated John McCain, but since the ship is damaged and can’t be moved they had to come up with a way to make sure that didn’t happen. So, the Navy ordered a tarp hung over the ship’s transom to hide its designation. And the ship’s crew were ordered to remove any coverings from the ship that bore its name. Then they were given the day off, so they wouldn’t be around for Trump’s visit.”
    “This is hands down, one of the most despicable and dishonorable acts I’ve ever witnessed from US Navy leadership, and I’ve seen some pretty shitty things from the senior ranks. Hell, I was on active duty during Tailhook and the USS Iowa Investigations and I wouldn’t have believed anything could be more dishonorable than those events.”
    “Any real Navy officer would have told the White House to go fuck itself. The admirals should have handed the phone to a Chief Warrant Officer if they didn’t have the balls to do it themselves.
    Every flag officer who was involved in compliance with this cowardly decision should be stripped of rank and cashiered. They are unfit for command.
    This isn’t my Navy.”<Jim Wright

    • Anonymous May 30, 2019 at 3:07 am

      They should have written USS Obama on the tarp and USS Hillary on another ship.

      What a wimp, cadet fake bone spurs doesn’t even deserve a garbage barge named after him.

    • Beaglemom May 30, 2019 at 4:49 am

      Something is very seriously wrong with Don the Con. We’ve known that he is immature, petty, prone to temper tantrums and that anyone working for him is terrified of being called out. He runs his administration as if it were an episode of his stupid television show. He’s actually said that he prefers having department heads be “acting” rather than confirmed. That must be so he can fire them more easily. HIs policy creates toads, not leaders, and it fails the American people. That the White House is so terrified that they wanted the USS McCain kept out of sight so Don the Con wouldn’t lose his temper is so in keeping with his despotic outlook on governing. I hope the House Armed Services Committee looks into the situation, as well as the ridiculous patches sporting overly flattering “portraits” of Don the Con himself. How disgusting. It’s clear that our insane leader is now emulating North Korea’s crazy leader.

      PS I simply cannot imagine any other US president behaving in such an infantile manner and needing such propping up by the sycophants in our employ.

    • JW May 30, 2019 at 8:08 am

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2236323906403000&set=a.100840766618002&type=3&theater

      “Good morning! Everybody ready for another wonderful day on social media? Ready for stimulating intellectual conversations with the opposition? Ready to meet new people? I know I’m excited!”

  10. Josh Liberman May 30, 2019 at 8:37 am

    anon 4:19 – No, the unit commander knew they were going to have a visit by CIC probably months ago and ordered them then. I’ve only seen morale patches worn a handful of times on domestic bases. Mostly they get passed and collected. When deployed they got passed out on occasion and worn for unit rec activities. Always worn exclusively inside the base. You wore them for the activity then took them off. Some commanders are into them and others will come down pretty hard on them especially the ones that mimic official patches. Not that odd for a VIP visit.

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