Uh oh. Army post shares anti-Trump meme

Matt Saintsing
July 12, 2018 - 12:38 pm

Larry McCormack-USA TODAY NETWORK

This post was updated at 4:55 PM to include comments from Fort Gordon. 

The official Facebook and Twitter accounts for a U.S. Army post shared an intensely politically charged meme, and heads are certainly going to roll. 

The image in question includes a picture of President Donald Trump with a less than a heartfelt message: “Sometimes I get the feeling that Trump was installed by a foreign enemy to weaken and destabilize America…Has anyone else had that impression?” 

In a Facebook post Thursday afternoon, Fort Gordon said a civilian employee "improperly posted" the political message a night before. "The online activity yesterday is incompatible with the Army values and our professional expectations of our civilian employees," Fort Gordon said, adding that the incident is "under review to determine appropriate disciplinary action." 

The post is a clear violation of several rules meant to protect the Defense Department when it comes to politics. DOD directives and specific military regulations are clear: an active duty service member’s participation in partisan political actions is prohibited. 

That would include calling the current Commander-in-Chief a foreign intelligence asset meant to “destabilize” the country. 

The Pentagon defines forbidden political activity as, “supporting or relating to candidates representing or issues specifically identified with, national or State political parties and associated or ancillary organizations.” 

And while the post seems to, at the very least, be in violation of the spirit of what the military deems appropriate, it isn’t the first time soldiers have been in hot water over their politics. In early 2012, an Army Reservist found himself in a mess when he took the stage at a Ron Paul campaign event while in uniform. 

To be clear, that soldier was prohibited from such an endorsement because he was in uniform. 

Service members may be subject to additional restrictions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) governing what they can do with government resources, like a computer or official social media account, for example. 

It’s unclear what, if anything, will happen to the keyboard warrior who posted the picture, but we wouldn’t be surprised there may be a new public affairs job opening at the Georgia installation. 

Oh, as if it couldn’t get any crazier, Fort Gordon is home to the U.S. Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence, which trains the Army’s cyber warriors -- soldiers who seek to thwart undue political influence from foreign adversaries such as an eastern European/Asian nation that will remain nameless ;).

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