May 28, 2019

"Morale patches" they call them.

I suppose to these airmen and women, it's all a bit of a joke. Some sort of perverse patriotism, where you glorify a president instead of your country. That's the road to authoritarianism, and it's not a joke. This **** has to stop, now.

Source: Huffington Post

Active-duty service members were pictured wearing Donald Trump-themed morale patches as the president made his Memorial Day address aboard the USS Wasp at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan on Monday.

The patches featured a likeness of Trump alongside the slogan “Make Aircrew Great Again.” Vivian Salama, a White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal, posted images of aircrew wearing the badges to Twitter.

Troops often wear unofficial patches, that contain tongue-in-cheek humor, to build unit morale. Caroline Orr, a reporter for the National Observer, noted how some service members had been pictured wearing the same patch since 2017.

It’s unclear where these patches originated from.

Trump caused controversy during his visit to service members in Iraq in December after he signed his campaign “Make America Great Again” hats for troops. Retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey at the time described the move as “unheard of.”

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. When registering you will also be presented with the option to tie all your old Disqus comments to your new Insticator account. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.