Coast Guard Member Removed After Allegedly Flashing White Power Gesture On National TV

Bullet Points
MSNBC

The U.S. Coast Guard removed a service member from its Hurrican Florence emergency response force after a Coastie was spotted allegedly flashing a white supremacist hand gesture on national television.


  • In a Friday segment from MSNBC, a service member sitting in the background of an interview with a Coast Guard official was spotted conspicuously flashing an "OK" symbol with his fingers, a hand gesture that has reportedly become a favorite among members of the so-called "alt-right" movement.

&ref;_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnation%2F2018%2F09%2F15%2Fcoast-guard-officer-ousted-florence-duty-after-viewers-claim-he-made-white-power-sign-tv%2F

  • After the clip began to circulate on Twitter, the Coast Guard stated that it was "aware of the offensive video" and that the service had "identified the member and removed him from the response."

&ref;_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnation%2F2018%2F09%2F15%2Fcoast-guard-officer-ousted-florence-duty-after-viewers-claim-he-made-white-power-sign-tv%2F

  • For some context: the incident came just over a week after some home viewers watching the televised confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court claimed they saw Republican operative Zina Bash flashing the same white power gesture.

&ref;_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fthe-intersect%2Fwp%2F2018%2F09%2F04%2Fthat-was-no-white-power-hand-signal-at-the-kavanaugh-hearing-zina-bashs-husband-says%2F

  • However, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary spokesman Taylor Foy offered up "another, innocuous explanation" for the hand gesture, the Washington Post reports: "The signal was aimed at a judiciary staffer who fulfilled a request for the judge."

WATCH NEXT:

Ronald Reagan's dream of space-based lasers shielding the United States from ICBMs will not come to fruition in the near future, despite the Trump administration's focus on space.

Read More Show Less

The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.

Read More Show Less

Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.

Read More Show Less
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)

An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.

Read More Show Less