The Marines say they’ve launched an investigation into a Private First Class accused of threatening to shoot ch*nks in a racist video filled with profanity, reports the military paper, Stars & Stripes .
In the video which surfaced Thursday on social media, the Marine cites President Trump who blames the Chinese for the coronavirus.
“If a ch*nk headed mother f*cker comes up to me when I’m in the fleet, say 556 b*tch. That’s all I gotta say. Say 556,” he is heard saying on Twitter.
The Marines have identified the racist in the tweet as Pfc. Jarrett Morford, 20.
“There is no place for racism in the Marine Corps. Those who can’t value the contributions of others, regardless of background, are destructive to our culture and do not represent our core values,” Capt. Joseph Butterfield, a Marine spokesman said to Task & Purpose.
According to the paper, Morford attended Marine combat training at Camp Pendleton and then attended communications and electronics school at Twentynine Palms, California.
Trump last week in a video he released after being diagnosed for Coronoavirus said “It wasn’t your fault this happened…it was China’s fault.” He pledged that China would be made to pay.
In the tweet, the racist quotes Trump.
“As the honorable Trump said “It was China’s fault. China is going to pay.”
Trump use of rhetoric against China has been cited as one of the biggest reasons in the rise of anti-Asian bashing in the country, which now numbers more than 2,500 reports to the website Stop AAPI Hate.
The Tweet is the latest in a series of Marines accused of making racist statements on social media.
“You have to be ruthless in rooting it out, and when you find it, you’ve got to separate it like a cancer, quickly – because it clearly will spread,” said Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger. “It just starts to tear apart the fabric at the tactical level … We can’t have that.”
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