A former Marine sergeant who was working as a security contractor in Iraq has been evacuated from the country after a video he made endorsing Donald Trump’s temporary immigration freeze went viral, garnering 43 million views.
Steven Gern’s video, which was posted on Facebook last week, has garnered over 289,000 likes in addition to its immense number of views. In it, Gern talked about asking locals in Iraq what would happen if he walked into town unprotected as an American.
They said he would “absolutely would not be welcome.” When he asked what would happen to him, they said that he would be tortured and killed within an hour.
“The point of it is, the point I’m trying to make is, this is the local populace who would do this. This isn’t ISIS, this isn’t Al Qaeda, this isn’t the PMU, this isn’t a militia from the Iranians, or anything like that. This is the local populace that would do this.
“So, my question to them was pretty simple after that: If you would do this to me, in your country, why would I let you into my country? Because all this means to me is that, if you have the opportunity to take the life of an American, you would do it.
“So, maybe there’s something you all need to think about back there,” he told his viewers. “If this is the way some of these cultures feel, if this is the way that these countries feel about Americans, why would you be so naive as to believe that if they came into the US, they would do anything any different than what they do right here in their own country?”
Here’s the video:
As for Gern’s qualifications, BizPac Review got this snapshot of his LinkedIn page:
That’s slightly more exciting than mine, which lists “nearly 5,000 pieces of hate mail from Oberlin College students alone” as a “career milestone.”
However, there was still enough hate to go around for him, which is why Gern posted a NSFW follow-up video showing him on an almost-empty plane in-flight (WARNING: Strong language):
“Apparently, it wasn’t safe for me to remain in the location I was in,” Gern said in the new video, which was posted over the weekend. “So, I’m being sent out.”
“Can’t say much about what’s happening right now,” he added. “But what I will say is there’s going to be a lot more to follow. So stay tuned everybody.”
So Iraq isn’t safe enough for a security contractor to stay in after making an internet video, apparently. But, it’s totally safe to let refugees with possibly dubious documents from these nations in without more stringent vetting.
Good to know.
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