The White House announced the promotion of Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee to brigadier general -- and unleashed another round of fury over Rush Limbaugh getting awarded the Medal of Freedom.
Trump announced the promotion, which had been approved by Congress in December, during last week's State of the Union address, when he also awarded the presidential medal to the right-wing talk show host.
The White House tweeted out a photo of Trump standing alongside McGee, among the last survivors of the famed group of African-American air corps personnel whose valor helped speed racial integration in the military after World War II.
President @realDonaldTrump promoted Charles McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, to Brigadier General! https://t.co/9bzPzjr82D— The White House (@The White House)1581428638.0
But that wasn't enough to wash away the stain of granting Limbaugh the nation's highest civilian honor.
Incorrect. The promotion took an act of Congress. The President does not control officer commissions or promotions. https://t.co/HTJvis2HHD— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1581432992.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump But gave a medal to a racist supporter...— Susan (@Susan)1581429832.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Using Props now thats a desperate strategy— 💬Realistically Speaking⚠️ (@💬Realistically Speaking⚠️)1581428724.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump And he’s going to use this OBVIOUS gimmick for more propaganda.— Shaun McCarron 🌎 (@Shaun McCarron 🌎)1581428784.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Still not gonna forget all of the crappy stuff you're doing.— roosevelt hal (@roosevelt hal)1581428827.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump You forgot to mention that this only happened because Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Rep.… https://t.co/Dtaw26ViOY— Phineas The Wise, Retired Man of Action (@Phineas The Wise, Retired Man of Action)1581435484.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump The @WhiteHouse twitter account should be an apolitical source for correct information… https://t.co/L4OeKlE3p7— Stephen Elpop (@Stephen Elpop)1581436823.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump And gave Limbaugh, one of world’s loudest racists, a Presidential Medal of Freedom rig… https://t.co/BGh31gbJqR— BirdResQR 🦉🐾🦝 (@BirdResQR 🦉🐾🦝)1581429445.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Can Trump even explain what the Tuskegee Airmen did? Doubtful. #IMPOTUS— LBMarkMark (@LBMarkMark)1581430918.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Shame he hasn’t honoured Purple Heart awarded Lt Col Vindman with anything other than… https://t.co/nyFMLJnle5— YoursTruly (@YoursTruly)1581429206.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump So what. Trying to make up for removing Vindnan? Another staged event? Trump is a no… https://t.co/0gV9nQVyn6— American Blue, coming for you Predator in Chief. (@American Blue, coming for you Predator in Chief.)1581430820.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Trump ridiculed an American hero for wearing his dress uniform to the house inquiry. H… https://t.co/2hp0RecjQp— Steve Gladfelter (@Steve Gladfelter)1581429861.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Congress did that, he's just stealing the spotlight for it. Kinda like when Trump s… https://t.co/jMLZQYtw40— JES (@JES)1581434114.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Trump is a menace to our military, having assassinated someone to help distract from h… https://t.co/DtNs3wL5e9— Bruce Kanin (@Bruce Kanin)1581429103.0