The 82nd Airborne Unit Blasts A White Supremacist Wearing Their Hat (IMAGE)

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It all started when Brandon Friedman, an Obama administration official, saw a photograph on Twitter of a white supremacist demonstrator in Charlottesville wearing an 82nd Airborne hat. The man is giving a Ku Klux Klan salute, which is sometimes mistaken for a Nazi salute. The 82nd Airborne Unit responded on their Twitter page:

‘Anyone can purchase that hat. Valor is earned.’

On Monday, this photograph was shared more than 20,000 times in just a matter of a few hours.

In fact, the 82nd Airborne Unit did play a large role on D-Day at Normandy in 1944. They fought several campaigns against Nazi Germany during World War II, and they were very quick to respond with these tweets:

Other people were swift with their own scathing reactions as well:

The 82nd Airborne Unit, also nicknamed the All American Unit, responded to Brandon Friedman’s original tweet with this photo instead:

This is seriously happening? It’s a sad state of affairs when Veterans are having to call out white supremacists in the year 2017 in The United States. We also have to acknowledge that in fact, it is Trump who is responsible in a large way for this huge insurgence of violence and hate.

David Duke, white nationalist and former KKK leader, said on Tuesday in response to Charlottesville:

‘We are determined to take this country back. We’re gonna fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he’s going to take our country back.’

Trump had tweeted on Saturday that we “must be united & condemn all that hate stands for.” Duke then became very angry at Trump after reading his statement and responded with venom:

take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.’

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the President, has insisted that white supremacists are not the problem. He said:

‘It’s this constant, “Oh, it’s the white man. It’s the white supremacists. That’s the problem.” No, it isn’t.’

Trump also failed to respond to other opportunities to truly denounce what happened on Saturday when first asked. The president walked out the room, dodging these pointed questions:

‘Mr. President, do you want the support of these white nationalist groups who say they support you, Mr. President? Have you denounced them strongly enough?’
‘A car plowing into people, would you call that terrorism sir?’
The President of The United States and his administration have failed miserably to address these serious issues so yes, now veterans are standing for our country’s values in the void of a leader who fails to do so. Thank you, 82nd Airborne Division!
Featured image by Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images.