Twitter Mob Gets U.S. Coast Guard Member Removed for Making 'Offensive' 'OK' Sign
If you followed the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings you most certainly remember the “controversy” surrounding Republican operative Zina Bash, who was sitting behind Kavanaugh and at one point caused a lot of chatter (not just on social media, but in the media as well) when she seemingly made the OK symbol with her hand. Many #Resistance members have swallowed the conspiracy theory that the OK symbol 👌 is actually a symbol of “white power.” The absurd idea that Bash was flashing the “white power” symbol spread like wildfire.
Eugene Gu, a member of the so-called #resistance with a large following on Twitter, tweeted unequivocally that he believed Bash was flashing a white power sign. 👌
This tweet has now been retweeted more than 15,000 times and liked more than 20,000 times.
Liberal activist and author Amy Siskind claimed in a now-deleted tweet that Bash’s symbol flashing was enough to disqualify Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court. Other liberal activists promoted this conspiracy. Whether they actually believe the symbol is a white power symbol, or just promoted the conspiracy theory in the hopes of thwarting Kavanaugh’s confirmation, I can’t say, but sadly, the outrage over this symbol has reached yet another absurd turn.
Yesterday, a U.S. Coast Guard member on the Hurricane Florence response team was seen seemingly making the OK hand gesture 👌in the background of a live MSNBC broadcast.
The U.S. Coast Guard apparently felt enough pressure to label the 👌 gesture as “offensive” and remove him from his post:
The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement, “This is a frustrating distraction for the Coast Guard during our hurricane response. This person has been removed from the response pending an investigation. These types of actions are not reflective of the core values of the Coast Guard.”
The Anti-Defamation League has dismissed the conspiracy theory, pointing out its origins as a hoax started on the 4chan website.