'Beijing Biden Is Not My President:' Troops' Social Media Posts in Spotlight After Capitol Riots
[Mil.com] Airman 1st Class Sean Brinson wanted his peers to know that he didn't consider President Joe Biden a legitimate commander in chief.
In a post on the popular Facebook group Amn/NCO/SNCO Jan. 12, Brinson pledged to "continue to say 'Beijing Biden is not my president' for 4 years."
"End of god damned story," wrote Brinson, identified as being assigned to the 691st Cyberspace Operations Squadron, part of Air Combat Command located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. "A letter from JCIS [sic] does not negate the events that stain this election, or answer glaring questions about selective application of law, something that IS constitutionally, ethically, morally, and LEGALLY deplorable."
Brinson has since deleted the post from the group's page.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff had made clear the military's position on the matter, condemning a pro-Trump mob's violent assault on the U.S. Capitol ahead of the inauguration and reminding troops that Biden would be their next commander in chief.
"The violent riot in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process," the general and flag officers wrote.
Across social media, however, some U.S. service members have defiantly posted in support of former President Donald Trump, condemned Biden and spread political conspiracy theories. While the military has worked to discipline those whose public posts violate political speech rules and reminded troops to think before they share, some say recent events have exposed gaps in the services' social media policies and warn that order and discipline could suffer if they aren't addressed.
Posted by: Besoeker 2021-02-05