On Thursday, amid the shock of the ISIS terrorist attack in Afghanistan, the VICE portal published an article titled “Why Are So Many Marines Neo-Nazis?” claiming that, according to “anecdotal evidence,” many members of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) held right-wing extremist beliefs.
The news site then shared the article, written by its columnist Ben Makuch, with a tweet that read, “While many veterans are being outed as far-right extremists, one branch keeps popping up when it comes to neo-Nazis: the United States Marine Corps.”
Both the tweet and the article were published just as news emerged of the terrorist attacks at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, where at least 13 American soldiers were killed by Islamic fundamentalists.
A barrage of tweets in rejection of the publication immediately followed against VICE. Among them, Texas Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw expressed his revulsion at the article and reminded its authors of the number of Marines killed that same day in Afghanistan.
“Meanwhile at VICE this is the crap they are posting. This is how liberals think. We lost 11 Marines today you f*****a**holes.”
Although VICE removed the tweet from its official account, the article is still posted on its website.
American author, cultural critic and mathematician, James Lindsay, also had something to say: “Deleted but never forgotten, @VICE. May the shame of this follow you forever, end your disgusting outlet, and stop its evil mission.”
Washington Times columnist and comedian Tim Young also expressed his displeasure: “The corporate media are busy dancing on the graves of our military today. Vice felt the need to release this disgusting story in the middle of this horrible day… they’ve since deleted the tweet.”