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.
Did you all see this guy flash White Power on TV? OUR OWN COAST GUARD!!! This needs to be investigated and this man needs to be ousted/removed/discharged!
— Jann Gobble (@jgobble) September 14, 2018
- 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.”
We are aware of the offensive video on twitter – the Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response. His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard.
— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) September 15, 2018
- 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.
Once is an accident. Twice is…. another… accident pic.twitter.com/AHjnskswIT
— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) September 7, 2018
- 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.”