Injured Iraq vet tells liberals to quit using him as anti-Trump ‘propaganda’
Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic, fired the crock heard ’round the world last week when he alleged President Donald Trump called American troops killed in World War I “suckers” and “losers” during a 2018 visit to France.
Liberals, overcome either by Trump Derangement Syndrome or undiluted gullibility, bought the story whole cloth from Goldberg’s four unnamed sources — and have ignored pounds of evidence to the contrary, including at least twice as many sources who have gone on the record to assert the incident never happened.
Anti-Trumpers quickly spread the story on social media, and apparently seemed to enlist a former Army veteran in their smear campaign.
Now, however, he’s telling them to cease and desist.
Former Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline, who was severely wounded in Iraq, directed those Trump critics to leave him out of their “propaganda” efforts.
In his own TikTok video, Henline says the meme photo is his face, but added, “I’m here to tell you, it’s not true.”
In April 2007 Henline was serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, his fourth deployment to the Middle East, according to a 2016 piece in The NCO Journal.
He was part of a resupply convoy north of Baghdad. As the unit rolled out, it struck an IED. Four soldiers in Henline’s vehicle were killed instantly. Henline sustained burns over 40 percent of his body, and he lost part of his right arm and his left ear. By 2016, Henline had undergone 46 surgeries and six months of rehabilitation, NCO Journal reported.
“His likeness is permanently altered,” the article noted.
And the uniqueness of his appearance is what made Henline’s image easy to recognize in the anti-Trump posts.
One meme featuring Henline’s photo in his dress-blue uniform said, “Trump says he’s a loser. I say he’s a hero. What do you say? End Republicanism.”
On TikTok, Henline offered a far different message.
“People, stop using me for your propaganda, for your agenda. I’m not here for that. I don’t know what Trump said, but I’m sure he didn’t call me a loser. I didn’t hear him call me a loser, so this has got to stop. Stop using my image,” Henline said in the video.
He then encouraged Fox News or “somebody” to call him.
“Let’s get this out there on a bigger platform, so people would know not to use me. … It’s ridiculous. Let’s stop the s—. Let’s move on. I’m not part of all this,” he added.
Fox News did call, in fact. Henline gave the network an interview. And his denunciation of the memes was picked up by other conservative media, such as The Washington Times, Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner.
Meanwhile, when it comes to Henline, the rest of the media that helped pump up Goldberg’s hit job is as invisible as his sources.
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