The media was outraged over photos of President Donald Trump signing hats for troops on his Christmas visit to them in Iraq.
They said it was a violation or norms and treated it as if he kicked the troops.
“The pool reporters traveling said that the troops brought the hats with them, including one hat that said ‘Trump2020,’” CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr said on Wednesday.
“We will have to see if that actually proves to be the case. The question is, if they brought them or if the president brought them: What commander allowed that to really happen?” she said.
“Troops are not supposed to be involved in political activities,” Starr said.
“The U.S. military is not a political force,” she said.
But what it left out was the fact that in 2008 former President Obama did the same thing, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The caption of the photo from The Associated Press read “In this photo released Saturday, July 19, 2008, by the the U.S. Army, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., signs memorabilia for service members at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Friday, July 18, during a Congressional Delegation visit.”
Former first lady Michelle Obama was also photographed signing memorabilia for the troops.
“Did “journalists” breathlessly hunt down the names of these service members who had Barack and Michelle and Obama sign campaign memorabilia in 2008?” J Kenneth Blackwell wrote.
Did “journalists” breathlessly hunt down the names of these service members who had Barack and Michelle and Obama sign campaign memorabilia in 2008? pic.twitter.com/72qbxNsddC
— J. Kenneth Blackwell (@kenblackwell) December 27, 2018