The U.S. Navy confirmed yesterday that a SEAL convoy was spotted waving a large, “unauthorized” Trump flag on a highway in Louisville, Kentucky.
Daily Mail reported that videos of the flag surfaced online showing four military vehicles on the highway, and the first of them was carrying the flag. Navy spokesperson Jacqui Maxwell called the flag “inappropriate,” as military regulations state the sponsorship or endorsement of any “political candidate, campaign or cause” should be avoided.
“Our nation’s military must remain loyal to the constitution, and not any one individual. It’s critical to our democracy that the American public be able to trust that their military is apolitical and non partisan,” Maxwell said.
This type of blatant partisan political display demonstrating allegiance to a singular person brings to mind the types of actions historically seen in authoritarian regimes and dictatorships. It’s chilling,” she added. “I truly hope the Navy conducts a thorough investigation into this incident amd takes appropriate corrective action.”
The vehicles had no identifiable markings, and internet sleuths spent the day trying to figure out where they came from.
“The convoy were service members assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit driving vehicles while transiting between two training locations,” Maxwell told ABC. “Defense Department and Navy regulations prescribe flags and pennants that may be displayed as well as the manner of display. The flag shown in the video was unauthorized.”
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