Marine in Hot Water for Singing National Anthem At Trump Event

Marine in Hot Water for Singing National Anthem At Trump Event

December 07, 2015

Marine in Hot Water for Singing National Anthem At Trump Event

In Marine Corps news, a Marine who recently performed the national anthem at a Donald Trump presidential campaign rally has been told to cease further uniformed campaign activities.

The problem wasn't that Cpl. Jason Perkins sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Trump rally. The Marine is in hot water because he performed at the political event in his dress blue uniform.

According to one report, a video of the performance (see below) began circulating online and members of the military quickly pointed out that he was in violation of regulations prohibiting troops from wearing their uniforms to political events.

Marine Forces Reserve spokesman Capt. Andrew Chrestman said the command had reached out to Perkins after his campaign performance.

"Cpl. Perkins is now aware that his conduct violated long-standing DoD policy," Chrestman said in an email. "[He] has been informed of the appropriate ways to participate in the political process as a member of the Marine Corps."

The Defense Department allows troops to participate in political and campaign activities as private citizens, but does not allow them to represent the military or associate the Pentagon with any specific candidate, issue or cause. Participation in political activities in uniform is prohibited.

The Daily Caller reported the Trump rally was not the first political event at which Perkins has performed in uniform. He was also filmed singing the national anthem in his dress uniform at the annual meeting of the Greer Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina with Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, both Republicans, as special guests at the event.

When asked for a comment on the Marine getting into hot water for performing at the rally, the Trump campaign did not respond.

Marine Sings National Anthem at Trump Campaign Rally

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2 Responses

Jeff
Jeff

February 22, 2016

It’s none of our business. It’s between him and his ranking officers.

Rinda Wimbish
Rinda Wimbish

February 22, 2016

Trump for president 2016, The marine.was great, we needed that for healing, I really enjoy it very much

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