Liberal journalists assumed a Tuesday tweet from U.S. Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller was a subtle diss at President Donald Trump, and implied that the military might be disavowing its commander in chief.
Neller was actually referring to reports of a former Marine who led a white supremacist group in the so-called “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, The Daily Caller News Foundation confirmed.
“No place for racial hatred or extremism in @USMC. Our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment frame the way Marines live and act,” Neller tweeted.
No place for racial hatred or extremism in @USMC. Our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment frame the way Marines live and act.
— Robert B. Neller (@GenRobertNeller) August 15, 2017
Several journalists were quick to point out that Neller’s tweet came after Trump avoided placing blame for Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., solely on alt-right and neo-Nazi groups. They implied Neller was speaking out against the president’s position towards white supremacists.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) August 15, 2017
“[Neller’s] remarks were in response to reporting of a former Marine linked to a hate group,” a spokesman for Neller told TheDCNF in a statement. (Read more from “Media Desperately Wanted This Tweet From the Top Marine General to Be About Trump. They Were Wrong” HERE)