Lance Corporal Hunter Clark, a Marine who appeared on stage at a rally for former President Donald Trump this past weekend, is now under investigation.
Task & Purpose describes Clark as one of nearly 6,000 U.S. troops charged with defending the airport in Kabul as civilians were desperately trying to flee the Taliban-controlled country of Afghanistan.
Trump appeared to have been informed that the Marine was the one captured in viral video lifting a baby over a wall to safety amidst the chaos. He introduced him as such.
Clark added to it by making the claim himself.
“I am the guy that pulled the baby over the wall and it’s definitely probably one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my entire life,” he said.
Marine At Trump Rally Under Investigation
Hearing a Marine brag about his own work quickly raised some eyebrows and Hunter Clark was the subject of some fact-checking by the Corps themselves.
In fact, a spokesman for the Marine Corps issued a statement saying: “Regarding the viral photo that began circulating around August 20, 2021, the Marine identified in that particular image was not LCpl Clark.”
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Making matters worse for Clark, he is now under investigation for attending a political rally.
“The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has initiated a command investigation regarding LCpl Hunter Clark’s attendance at the event last weekend to determine if any DoD policies were violated,” the spokesman added.
Political gatherings are typically prohibited for active-service military members.
The image of a 16-day-old baby being passed to a U.S. Marine at the Kabul airport became a symbol of the Afghanistan evacuation.
Now, baby Liya is eight weeks old and safe, living in Arizona after her family’s harrowing escape. pic.twitter.com/PUN3vvt1lG
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 1, 2021
Kabul Baby Is Safe
While the Marine at the Trump rally may not have been the man who rescued the baby from the Kabul airport that day, the child is safe right now and reportedly living in Arizona because of a Marine.
The baby’s name is Liya, and her father told Arizona Family details about her escape, an escape that helped capture and symbolized the desperation of those trying to survive and escape Afghanistan.
“That day I handed over my baby to a total stranger. The only thing I trusted is that he was a Marine and that my daughter would be safe,” he explained.
Amazing quote from the father who handed his daughter to Marines in Kabul: “That day I handed over my baby to a total stranger, but the only thing I trusted was that he was a Marine, and my daughter will be fine.” They got out and they’re going to make her middle name “Marine.” pic.twitter.com/BUfwA7VFDt
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) September 30, 2021
Liya’s father hopes to one day meet the actual Marine who pulled his baby to safety.
“Oh my God. I’d give him a hug. He literally saved my daughter’s life,” he said.
While one Marine is under investigation for attending a Trump rally, another has been jailed for criticizing military leaders for ineptitude that led to desperate evacuations in Afghanistan in the first place.
Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller has been jailed following his criticism of the botched withdrawal that he, against orders, repeatedly posted to social media.
Marine officer Stuart Scheller has been relieved from duty for this video.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 27, 2021
Dozens of Republican lawmakers on Thursday wrote a letter to the U.S. Marine Corps requesting that Scheller be released from pre-trial confinement.
The Marine Corps assured that Scheller would be “afforded all due process.”
His hearing was postponed until next week, according to the Daily Mail, as his lawyers and the Corps seek to reach a resolution.
Think about what is happening here. The Afghanistan debacle resulted in 13 service members being killed. It resulted in a drone strike that left 7 children dead. It resulted in hundreds of Americans and Afghan allies being left to fend for themselves against the Taliban.
And the only two people being investigated for their actions right now are a Marine who attended a Trump rally and another who demanded accountability from leadership.
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