WRONG! HERE’S THE STORY by reporter Ron Dicker of Huff Post early last week: “A Fox News report criticizing Vice President Kamala Harris for not saluting the military honor guard at Air …
WRONG! HERE’S THE STORY by reporter Ron Dicker of Huff Post early last week: “A Fox News report criticizing Vice President Kamala Harris for not saluting the military honor guard at Air Force Two got plenty of backlash on Tuesday.
“Critics ripped the conservative news channel for stirring up false outrage, pointing out that the vice president is not in the military chain of command and was not violating protocol.
“Fox News wrote in a report on its website of Harris ‘appearing to break with precedent and failing to salute the honor guard’ when boarding the plane. It included insulting tweets from former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik and right wing radio host Charlie Kirk, who showed a video of a recent Air Force Two approach and accused Harris of being disrespectful to men and women in uniform.”
Actually, even the commander-in-chief is not required to salute. The late President Ronald Reagan began the practice as a “matter of courtesy,” according to U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols.
“Vice President Harris has made very clear her respect and admiration for the men and women of the military, as well as their families.” Dicker concluded.
It reminds me of a couple of Obamas and a Trump ago — about 12-plus years back, early 2009, when white sovereignty was spreading much of its mud via email over the internet. Trump was still maintaining that President Obama had been born in Kenya. A favorite on-stage photo making the dimwit rounds showed President Obama standing nonchalantly and in seeming disrespect for the flag as everyone else saluted.
Of course the reality was that a band was playing “Hail to the Chief” and Obama would have looked silly saluting himself.