The President was partying with a war criminal over the weekend.
It’s like the president feels comfortable with war criminals
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 22, 2019
Chief petty officer Eddie Gallagher posted eight pictures of him, his wife, POTUS and FLOTUS on Instagram from the celebratory night.
The photo carousel’s caption read, “Finally got to thank the President and his amazing wife by giving them a little gift from Eddie’s deployment to Mosul.”
The officer in his 40s, nicknamed “Blade,” was charged with 10 offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice in 2018.
These allegations included stabbing an injured Iraqi to death, sedating a teenage ISIS prisoner, photographing (and broadcasting) himself holding a dead child’s head, and “randomly” shooting two Iraqi civilians.
He had reportedly also emailed the photo of him holding the dead teenager’s head to his friends. In the email, he wrote, “Good story behind this, got him with my hunting knife,” according to The Guardian.
Gallagher was acquitted of all charges except for “posing for inappropriate photos with the dead captive.” He received a demotion from Chief Petty Officer to Petty Officer First Class. Trump then controversially stepped in much to the chagrin of military leaders and reinstated Gallagher’s rank.
He even tweeted saying, “The Navy will NOT be taking away War Fighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident pin. The case was handled very badly from the beginning.”
Trump welcomed war criminal, murderer, disgrace to the uniform, and MAGA fellator Eddie Gallagher to Mar-a-Lago last night. This thread details how other members of his platoon felt about the son of a bitch. https://t.co/E0pnHxa35G
— Charles Jaco (@charlesjaco1) December 23, 2019
As the president, Trump’s order prevailed. A spokesman for the Navy, Rear Adm. Charlie Brown told Daily Kos, “The Navy follows the lawful orders of the President.”
Gallagher retired as a Seal from service. He now continues to pocket $200,000 in pension that he would not have received had the president not promoted him.
Seeing the war criminal yucking it up with POTUS did not sit well with a lot of social media users. Instagram and Twitter was awash with posts trashing Trump’s decision to add Gallagher to the guest list. The Gallaghers made their Instagram account private on Tuesday after the backlash started.
Don’t get it twisted. Trump doesn’t for a second think these guys are ‘innocent’ of what they were accused. He thinks what they were accused of was GOOD. That shooting civilians, executing prisoners and threatening any soldiers who testify against them are all how wars are won
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) December 22, 2019
I would love to see every man and woman who served honorably send a letter to trump, or an email to the White House, telling him how disgusted we are that he pardoned a war criminal like Eddie Gallagher. We should remind him we expected nothing more from a draft dodging coward.
— American Veteran (@amvetsupport) December 22, 2019