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Media Smears Army, Navy Cadets, Accuses Them Of Flashing White Power Symbols

By  Ryan SaavedraDailyWire.com
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 14: OJ Davis #86 and the rest of the Navy Midshipmen celebrate the win over the Army Black Knights at Lincoln Financial Field on December 14, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Navy Midshipmen defeated the Army Black Knights 31-7.
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Left-wing media publications were quick to smear a group of Army and Navy cadets on Saturday as the two service academies squared off on the gridiron in what is an intense football rivalry, accusing a group of them of flashing “white power” signs.

USA Today’s Mike Brehm reported:

Questions erupted during the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia when students appeared to make the White Power hand symbol during a pregame broadcast.

Spokespersons from the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy told USA TODAY Sports they have been made aware of the issue – which blossomed on social media as the game wore on – and the schools are looking into it.

Far-left activists posted close-up videos of television screens showing what they claimed was the cadets flashing the white power sign.

Others urged their followers to make the photos and videos go viral on Twitter, which quickly happened as “#WhitePower” and “West Point” began trending nationally on the left-wing tech platform.

There was strong pushback against the smear attempts, with many noting that the cadets were playing the “circle game.”

Former senior White House adviser Cliff Sims wrote: “Here we go again. This time it’s @ByMikeBrehm of @usatodaysports trying to ruin the lives of cadets for playing the circle game, because in some alternate reality they just MUST be white supremacists. At some point someone’s gotta bring a defamation case against these lunatics.”

Popular sports analyst Clay Travis tweeted: “Good lord. They were playing the circle game. America has gone insane.”

Curt Schilling wrote: “This is just idiotic. It’s a bunch of guys playing the circle game about 10 years after their friends all stopped. But ya, let’s make it out to be racist, since everything else you see and hear is as well.”

Others, like left-wing activist Christine Teigen tried to suggest that the hand gesture was spurred on by Trump administration officials and were ultimately mocked.

“Let’s pretend for a second these people really are doing the white power/white nationalism hand gesture,” Teigen tweeted. “What does it even do for anyone? Do you get points for each time it’s seen like? Is there a boss out there keeping score? Or is it like paging someone?”

Austen Fletcher responded to Teigen by writing on Twitter: “Exactly. It does/means nothing. It’s not a real thing. You figured it out.”

Attorney Kurt Schlichter issued a warning to the media, writing on Twitter: “This is a warning to the media… If you Convington the cadets, you will be held accountable in court in front of a jury and not in your comfortable, sympathetic blue enclave venue. Do not participate in the defamation of these American heroes.”

Many people on social media were quick to point out the double standard that the media and far-left activists were using to smear the cadets by highlighting politicians on the political Left who use the same hand gesture, like socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who posts photos of herself using the gesture on her verified social media accounts:

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