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In October, actress and comedian Sarah Silverman, best known for her role in “The Way of the Gun” (I think?), wrote a series of tweets asking the Marine Corps — or whatever poor POG runs its Twitter account — to reassure her that her nephew, a new Marine recruit, would “be ok.” She had read some things about Parris Island. She was “nervous.”

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Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, is roiling amid revelations of abuse that contributed to the death of a Muslim recruit earlier this summer. Parents and family members of recruits are understandably nervous about the welfare of their loved ones. Included in that group is actress and comedienne Sarah Silverman, who took to Twitter, appealing directly to @USMC for assurances about her nephew’s safety.

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On the evening of Oct. 3, in a move peeled right from the pages of the Donald Trump playbook, famous comedian and political activist Sarah Silverman took to Twitter to express her deepest fears, which, strangely enough, concern the United States Marine Corps — specifically, the potential hazards new Marines face as trainees at Parris Island in South Carolina.

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