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Deployed soldiers face punishment for their ‘message to liberals’ video

棋牌游戏送彩金38 Army officials say the soldiers also may have violated security rules by using a personal device.

The video has gone viral since it was originally posted to TikTok, subsequently deleted and then partially re-uploaded to to the YouTube channel as “.” In it, the two soldiers address the camera as if they were speaking directly to “liberals and Democrats.”

Army officials learned of the video and its origins in late September, according to a defense official.

The channel, which was created in early September, has more than 13,000 subscribers, but does not appear to create its own content. It contains numerous pro-Donald Trump and anti-Democrat and anti-left-wing activist videos. A Google reverse image search of the channel’s icon shows a Twitter account called , with more than 115,000 followers and a description that reads, “I’m here to support my President .”

The soldiers recorded the video with a personal device while on duty, explained Hernandez, the ARCENT spokesman. “Using a personal device and social media platform while on duty presents a security concern,” he said in a statement to Military Times. The Army from Army-issued mobile devices in January, citing data security concerns.

棋牌游戏送彩金38 Both soldiers were wearing body armor, and they had their rifles slung throughout the video.

棋牌游戏送彩金38 The soldier on the left, a specialist speaking through a mouthful of chewing tobacco, refers to “crybabies and snowflakes burning our f---king country down.”

棋牌游戏送彩金38 “Is that guy drinking unicorn semen?” said the soldier on the right, a staff sergeant. He also encouraged his imaginary audience to “strap your balls on, you know, and be a f---king man. Move out of your mom’s basement and stand up for something.”

Golby said the comments appears to violate Defense Department rules prohibiting “any activity that may be reasonably viewed" as linking the DoD with a partisan political stance."

Videos such as this can also have a negative impact on perceptions of partisanship in the military, explained Golby, who has been studying the partisan activities of troops with Peter Feaver, who served as a White House advisor to former President George W. Bush and is now a political science professor at Duke University.

棋牌游戏送彩金38 “My research with Peter Feaver shows that partisan activity by servicemembers undermines trust and helps polarize the public’s confidence in the military,” Golby said. “A viral video like this one that includes negative and vitriolic partisan attacks is likely to be extremely damaging and could even have longer term impacts on recruiting.”

The bottom line is that troops must remain apolitical, said a spokesman for the two soldiers' higher headquarters.

“Soldiers are public servants who have taken an oath to defend the principles of the U.S. Constitution while upholding DoD’s tradition of remaining apolitical,” said Hernandez, the U.S. Army Central spokesman.

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Davis Winkie is a reporting intern at the Military Times. His writing has appeared in The New Republic, Task & Purpose, VICE, and others. He previously worked as a military historian, and he is a human resources officer in the Army National Guard.

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