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Trump’s acting Navy secretary smears fired carrier captain for ‘betrayal’ over writing dire COVID-19 warning

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Thomas Modly, who serves as President Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of the Navy, smeared Capt. Brett Crozier for purportedly leaking his dire warning about the health of his men aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt to the media.

Even though Crozier received boisterous cheers from his own crew upon his departure from the ship, Modly told the service members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt that their former captain was “stupid” and “naive” in how he handled the situation.

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In remarks obtained by CNN, Modly even went so far as to accuse Crozier of “betrayal.”

“It was a betrayal,” Modly said. “And I can tell you one other thing: because he did that he put it in the public’s forum and it is now a big controversy in Washington, D.C.”

Even though Modly brazenly insulted Crozier, he acknowledged that many of the people aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt were fond of their former commanding officer.

“I cannot control or attempt to change whatever anger you have with me for relieving your beloved CO,” Modly said, according to CNN. “I understand you may be angry with me for the rest of your lives.”

Crozier’s original letter begged U.S. military brass to allow most of the sailors to leave the ship to prevent the spread of the virus.

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“We are not at war,” Crozier wrote. “Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset: our Sailors.”


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Make cops pay for their crimes and end ‘qualified immunity’: conservative columnist

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Writing for the conservative Bulwark, the vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute explained that the time has come for police officers who have been accused of crimes be treated like any other Americans and not be handed the shield of "qualified immunity" that protects them from paying the price for breaking the law.

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Trump security advisor goes off on Antifa rant to duck grilling on president’s ‘vicious dogs’ protester threat

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After reading the president's tweet, host Tapper pressed,  "Do you think messages like that are helping to unite the country and calm fears?”

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