No, The Navy Is NOT Charging An Officer For Killing The Chattanooga Shooter

Republicans will believe anything so long as it’s somehow President Obama’s fault. Even if the tale they are telling has not basis in reality, they will repeat it over and over until their ignorant base believes it.

A perfect example of this, is right-wing extremist Allen West’s claim that the U.S. Navy is charging a Naval officer with illegally discharging his weapon on federal property in his successful attempt to stop the Chattanooga shooter.

West, who previously served one term in the United States House of Representatives, posted the story on his blog on August 1st. The title of the post was “What’s happening to this heroic Navy officer from the Chattanooga shooting will make your blood BOIL.

The opening paragraph reads:

“I never like to be reactionary and follow anything that may just be hyperbole or conspiracy theory. That’s why I held off on addressing this issue until I got confirmation — which came Friday afternoon via text message.”

And then further on:

“Ladies and gents, resulting from the text message I received yesterday, I can confirm that the United States Navy is bringing charges against Lt. Cmdr Timothy White for illegally discharging a firearm on federal property.”

Only it was nothing but a giant conspiracy. First off, West never named the source in which the text message came from. That’s a problem in and of itself, because it shows that West doesn’t have a single clue about what is going on, but rather pushes an ideological agenda that blames President Obama for everything:

“Folks, this has become the Obama military that will not implement policies for our men and women in uniform to be protected — but will punish them if they do protect themselves.”

Navy spokesman Lieutenant Junior Grade Johnny Michael told Politifact, “I can tell you definitively it’s not true. [Prosecution] is not in the works. We have no plans to press charges.”

On their Facebook, the U.S. Navy vehemently denied the claims that they were prosecuting Lt. Cmdr Timothy White, responding to many inquires:

“[Name of Facebook user], stories of Navy personnel being charged with an offense are not true. There is still a long way to go in reviewing the facts of this tragic incident, but at this time we can confirm no service member has been charged with an offense.”

And there it is. Allen West, a former member of highest and most distinguished lawmaking body in the country, exploited a national tragedy, lied about the officer who heroically killed the shooter, all in an attempt to besmirch the Obama Administration.

Once again, conservatives will believe literally anything as long as President Obama is somehow blamed. People like Allen West and those who support him, have no shame whatsoever. This is why the phrase “don’t believe everything you read on the internet” exists.

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