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Racist Wearing 82nd Airborne Hat In Charlottesville Rally Just Got Torched — By the 82nd Airborne

During the violent White Supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA a fascist protester was spotted wearing an insignia of a heroic military unit over the weekend, and veterans of that unit were none too happy about it.

The man was wearing a hat featuring the 82nd Airborne Division’s insignia while he was giving the Ku Klux Klan salute — similar to the Nazi salute.

Reporter Brandon Friedman‏ tweeted a photo of the man with the caption:

“Would *LOVE* to know the name of Mr. 82nd Airborne Division here rendering Hitler’s Nazi salute. The 82nd jumped into Normandy on D-Day.”

Within hours, the 82nd Airborn Division issued a blistering response.

“Anyone can purchase that hat. Valor is earned,” the official unit Twitter account wrote in response to former Obama administration official Brandon Friedman sharing the photo.

The storied Army unit, nicknamed the All American Division, fought fascists during several campaigns in World War II, adding some irony to the man choosing to sport the logo while at a fascist rally.

The 82nd called upon that legacy of battling Nazis in disavowing the fascist protester, saying,” Our WWII Airborne forefathers jumped into Europe to defeat Nazism. We know who we are. We know our legacy.”

The unit also published an image of a 82nd Airborne veteran, Rock Merritt, who fought in many key battles against the Nazis in World War II, as a true example of the unit and its accomplishments.

The unit completely distanced itself not only from the man in the photo, but also anyone who thinks he could even come close to representing the paratrooper unit, saying in another tweet, “anyone who thinks this man represents our culture and values has never worn the maroon beret…and never will.”

As noted by Revere Press, the 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, NC celebrated this year its 100-year history of service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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