As Twitchy reported Wednesday night, sparks were certain to fly when Bloomberg News’ Jennifer Epstein landed at Ramstein Air Base with President Trump and posted photos of airmen holding up red MAGA caps and a Trump flag.
Hands were wrung hard at CNN, because politicking in uniform is against regulations. (And no, Philippe Reines, Trump didn’t bring a bunch of MAGA hats with him to hand out.)
Military.com is reporting, however, that the airmen did nothing improper by holding up their MAGA caps to greet the president.
Air Force: Nothing Improper with Airmen's Pro-Trump Merchandise at Ramstein https://t.co/3OD9sKmrj3
— Military.com (@Militarydotcom) December 28, 2018
U.S. Air Forces Europe said troops holding “Make America Great Again” hats during President Donald Trump’s visit Thursday to Ramstein Air Base were not in violation of military rules that prohibit taking part in partisan activities while in uniform.
“There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president,” USAFE said in a statement.
USAFE said troops held the hats for signing, but did not wear them while in uniform.
Sorry to everyone who was hyped to see service members punished for breaking the rules, but the Air Force sees no problem.
Thank you for clarifying this and thank you for your service!!
— countrygirl🇺🇸🐂 🙏 🎣 (@shellyyancey) December 28, 2018
Media hardest hit.
— Kommissar Kokkeler👌🏻 (@mattkokkeler) December 28, 2018
Waiting for all the retractions & apologies that I’m sure are coming from the deranged fake news propagandists. pic.twitter.com/LFjmV7IuV2
— J (@J57422598) December 28, 2018
The troops fight & defend freedom of speech, the first amendment, so I am happy this is something they are able to do, while having to be deployed & away from their families! Corporate media was making a big issue about this, hyping it up to be more than it was!
— Teresa Jean Richardson 6️⃣6️⃣6️⃣ (@CrochetGeek) December 28, 2018
Hey @CNN I'm waiting for your correction to your multiple stories regarding this lol
— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) December 28, 2018
The Democrats & Media are pissed their plan to ruin the careers of military members failed.
— Brick Majors ⏳🇺🇸 (@BrickMajors) December 28, 2018
Not surprised at the Air Force’s legal ruling, the whole Twitter freak out over this last night was a bit over the top.
But it does surprise me that USAF defended its airmen here. They usually fold like a house of cards at the first whiff of bad press https://t.co/t9Pp3G9DCP
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) December 28, 2018
😂 Here come the liberal melt downs..I argued for hours about this and not a single liberal believed me…
— LAILA RB🇺🇸💙🌟🌟🌟 (@birthdaypalin) December 28, 2018
All you libs, with your knickers in a twist, can shut up now.
— Jeff Tabor (@JeffTabor7) December 28, 2018
“I have a former Navy Seal buddy that said wearing a Trump hat during a night raid is a clear violation of the Logan Act.” – every journalist
— Smittie™ GED (Hons), BS (D-) (@smittie61984) December 28, 2018
And here’s the Commander in Chief shaming the fake news media once again:
CNN & others within the Fake News Universe were going wild about my signing MAGA hats for our military in Iraq and Germany. If these brave young people ask me to sign their hat, I will sign. Can you imagine my saying NO? We brought or gave NO hats as the Fake News first reported!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2018
Uh-oh: More MAGA hats spotted as President Trump visits Ramstein Air Base https://t.co/TPHbU2zo4N
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 27, 2018