Rep. Mo Brooks, R- Ala., told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Friday that the U.S. Army violated the Hatch Act and engaged in racist conduct when an email was sent to uniformed and civilian personnel at an Alabama base that called ‘Make America Great Again’ an example of covert white supremacy.
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Brooks said the email identified “overt” white supremacy items and estimated that about 90 percent of the pyramid mentioned “covert” examples. He said other covert acts included any mention of American exceptionalism and calling the police on black people, to name a few.
“Of course this is a clear violation of the Hatch Act that has been engaged in by U.S. Army personnel,” Brooks said. He said it is obvious that the message is saying that President Trump is racist. “He’s the commander-in-chief of the United States military,” Brooks said.
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The 1939 law limits certain political activities of some federal employees outside the president, vice president and other designated officials.
Brooks described the pamphlet as racist and called out two featured cartoons. One depicted black people with one holding a sign that read, “I Can’t Breathe,” and the other showed white people with a sign that read, “I Can’t See.”
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Brooks called the message racist, insensitive and inaccurate. He said the cartoon makes it seem that white people are “too dumb to see that racism is bad.”
AL.com reported Thursday that Brooks raised the alarm Thursday after the material was distributed at Redstone Arsenal, an Army post in Alabama. Brooks’ district includes the post.
The paper reported that Brooks called for an investigation and the army agreed. The Army Times reported that there were “two unapproved pages that were sent out in error and immediately recalled” in part of Project Inclusion.
“Numerous Redstone Arsenal employees have expressed outrage to me about the U.S. Army blatantly violating the Hatch Act and, in effect, labeling patriotic Americans ‘White Supremacists’ and racists if they say or do dozens of things outlined in the U.S. Army email,” Brooks said in a statement.
Brooks told Todd Starnes, the host of the radio show, that there are angry members of the military on the base who demand answers. Brooks said a colonel is taking up the investigation, which shows the appropriate seriousness required for the task.
Brooks said he is calling for the termination of those behind the email and said we will find out if the military branch is “Army Strong” in how its leadership handles the crisis.