A retired soldier is speaking out against the use of his appearance in pro-Biden memes used to condemn U.S. President Trump’s alleged criticism of the military.
Posting on Instagram and TikTok, retired Army Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline, who was severely disfigured while serving in Iraq, has called out the use of his image to promote anti-Trump propaganda.
“That’s my face,” he said in a now viral video. Henline refused to play ball with supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “I’m here to tell you, it’s not true.”
“People, stop using me for your propaganda, for your agenda,” Henline said.
Image used to condemn Trump's supposed lack of support for military
The Democrat meme, which reads: “Trump says he’s a loser. I say he’s a hero! What do you say? End Republicanism” uses an image of Henline in his dress blues to condemn the president for his alleged remarks about the military, as reported by The Atlantic.
The Atlantic, which is owned by Biden mega-donor Laurene Powell Jobs, pushed out an anonymously-sourced hit piece on President Trump that accused the president of “rainchecking” a visit to the graves of fallen First World War soldiers due to the weather.
“When President Donald Trump cancelled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed the rain for the last-minute decision, saying ‘the helicopter couldn’t fly’ and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true,” The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg alleged.
“Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead," reported Goldberg.
“Why should I go to that cemetery?” Goldberg claimed Trump said. “It’s filled with losers.”
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The charge was baseless and has since been debunked by those whom Trump was with at the time.
Henline has come forward as a Trump supporter to dispute the claim that Trump does not respect soldiers.
“I don’t know what Trump said, but I’m sure he didn’t call me a loser. I didn’t hear him call me a loser,” Henline said. “So this has got to stop. Stop using my image.”
“Fox News, call me. Somebody. Let’s get this out there on a bigger platform, so people will know not to use me, not put a face to whatever this is they think he said,” Henline said.