Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw ripped officials for launching an investigation into the “childish” hand signals flashed during the Army-Navy game on Saturday.
Several cadets and midshipmen were accused of white supremacy after flashing the OK symbol in the background of broadcasts covering the annual rivalry football game between the two military branches. The symbol, which is formed by making a circle with the forefinger and the thumb, has been considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a white supremacist symbol, although it had long been considered the symbol for OK.
The symbols sparked outrage and prompted military officials to launch an investigation into their actions.
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In a tweet posted Sunday evening, Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, criticized the officials for caving to the outrage and launching an investigation when many already acknowledged that the symbol is just part of a game. The Texas congressman claimed that folding under the pressure of an overblown outrage will justify future phony scandals and “public shaming.”
“Obviously, this was [the Circle Game]. Childish, but harmless,” Crenshaw wrote. “Those in outrage media know this, but remember: The goal of outrage culture isn’t the truth, it’s to make normal behavior seem offensive and dangerous, thus giving the mob justification for public shaming and woke scolding.”
In Circle Game, one person forms a circle, or OK symbol, with his fingers below his waist. If another person gets distracted and looks at the symbol, he loses and usually receives a punch on the arm. It’s widely considered a stupid game, but not a racist game, as many have pointed out.
Crenshaw, 35, has been quick to condemn outrage culture since first running for office. The congressman became known nationwide after Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson mocked the eyepatch Crenshaw wears because of his combat injuries. Many were outraged on Crenshaw’s behalf, but he made it clear that he did not want to ruin Davidson over a joke.
“There’s a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other,” Crenshaw said after accepting Davidson’s apology.
It is not yet clear if the cadets or midshipmen will face any punishment for their actions. A West Point spokesman said the academy is looking into the “intent” of the symbol.
Author: Madison Dibble
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘Outrage culture isn’t the truth’: Dan Crenshaw says ‘white power’ cadets were playing Circle Game