Army Navy Game Triggers Keyboard Warriors

Army Navy Game Triggers Keyboard Warriors

Army Navy Game Triggers Keyboard Warriors

On Saturday the US Naval Academy Midshipmen and the US Military Academy Black Knights met on a football field to settle their rivalry for another year. President Trump was on hand for the festivities in Philadelphia, and administered the coin toss. Spectators, midshipmen, and cadets all greeted the Commander-in-Chief warmly, because Army-Navy embodies the American spirit.

Of course outside the stadium the usual peeved protestors demanded impeachment. But ho-hum, what else is new? So boring. So predictable.

But leave it to keyboard warriors at Twitter to find some new outrage, because where Trump is, there must be evil afoot. Even at such a storied event as Army-Navy.

Apparently some West Point cadets in the stands made the dreaded finger-thumb circle, and it was caught on camera. Oh, the horror! This is Trump’s racist America!

The sleuths at USA Today jumped right on the hot story, shrieking in its headline that a “White Power hand symbol appears to be used during pregame broadcast.” USA Today did acknowledge in the story that the gesture is also part of the old “circle game.” But why check facts when you can make a headline sound so juicy?

Occupy Democrats naturally blamed Trump for the “apparent white power signals.”

“Twitter was full of posts from indignant TV viewers of the annual football competition between the Army’s West Point team and the Naval Academy’s Annapolis-based team who tweeted footage of cadets — apparently emboldened by the presence of a president who is willing to pardon war criminals — jockeying to get their white power hand signs on camera.”

HuffPost huffed that “cadets flashed apparent white power signs.” Even the staid Wall Street Journal is on the case of the racist cadets.

To acquiesce the Twitter mob, West Point decided to investigate the incident. A spokesperson emailed the following statement:

“West Point is looking into the matter. At this time we do not know the intent of the cadets.”

Naval Academy midshipmen, however, are not off the hook. Twitter snoopers discovered one of the brigade also making the gesture. So now USNA is investigating, too.

Frankly, I wish Annapolis and West Point would just tell these putzes to bugger off. Or, in the case of Navy, to take a long walk off a short pier. The more you capitulate to bullies, the more beatings they’ll give you.

Let’s be honest here: those hand signals are just hijinks from young men, who are, after all, college students. They’re having the time of their lives. How dare they have fun!

But you’d think the millennials who populate Twitter would recall that the “OK” sign began in 2017 as a 4chan hoax to troll liberals. Even the Anti-Defamation League acknowledges that much. Or it could be a version of the much-older “circle game.” It’s a dumb kid game that involves making the sign and punching the person who looks at it.

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Credit: Make A

But no, it can’t be that innocent. Because Donald Trump is the Commander-in-Chief, the Army-Navy game has got to have racists involved. So these Twitter keyboard warriors pound their computers, eager to denigrate young men who represent Trump’s military. And it makes them gleeful to take down “the best of the best.”

Self-righteousness is one hell of a drug, isn’t it?


Featured image: The White House/flickr/cropped/public domain.

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  • Matthew W says:

    Dear social justice half wits,
    You told us what triggers you and by golly, we are going to take every opportunity we can to set you off !!

  • I linked this to FB, and then in comments, I chose the “White Power” emoji in a comment to it.

  • GWB says:

    you’d think the millennials
    Well, since they think the world began when they were born (and all the older people sprang fully-formed into being, like the Fomorians), I would think they’d believe anything that didn’t have its origins in actual events before 2000.

    Or it could be a version of the much-older “circle game.”
    Or, it could be a cadet who knows there are a bunch of snowflakes out there who know so much that just isn’t so, and he’s determined to melt them. He’s going to photo-bomb the reporter with some “fake news”. Because cadets can have a tendency to look down on idiots and pansies.

    “the best of the best.”
    Ummm, I’ve tried to avoid using that phrase….

  • John says:

    I think these cadets should get a dishonorable discharge and get kicked out the service. Seeing as they are not is a bigger problem then we think, yes there is a game which used the same hand gesture but to say that is what they were doing is just ridiculous they knew exactly what they were doing and the bigger problem is so do their superiors rasism is big in the white military makes me sick to my stomach. Its never gonna end until we get more black and brown in office watch out we are coming in numbers.

    • Scott says:


      Before posting, please consider doing the following.
      1. Learn to spell
      2. Learn to form a coherent sentence
      3.Keep up with reality, the idea that the “OK” symbol is a racist thing was a troll of leftists by 4chan, and has been TOTALLY debunked
      4.Stop being a racist tool

      Thanks for playing, and Merry Christmas!

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      You “think”? That’s a stretch!

      You obviously never served in the military, and you’re full of shit.

      • GWB says:

        Now, now, Marta, we’re obviously dealing with a child, a foreigner, or a febrile mind. We should be kinder to the less fortunate among us. 😉

    • GWB says:

      rasism is big in the white military
      You’re entirely ignorant if you believe this.
      I’ve been associated with the US military for over 35 years, and I’ve seen very little racism* in all that time. And when it rears its head it is squashed, but fast.

      (* What racism I’ve seen was more often than not institutional affirmative action, pushing people into spots for the sake of diversity, sometimes when they hadn’t even qualified.)

      • GWB says:

        Oh, and we don’t have a “white” military and a “black” military. We have a single military, where the races mingle at work and socialize afterwards. The US military was the first desegregated official space in America (pre-Jim Crow!), and it has continued to lead in that area for the last 60+ years.

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