A Fox News report criticizing Vice President Kamala Harris for not saluting the military honor guard at Air Force Two got plenty of backlash on Tuesday. Critics ripped the conservative news channel for stirring up false outrage, pointing out that the vice president is not in the military chain of command and was not violating protocol. Fox News wrote in a report on its website of Harris “appearing to break with precedent and failing to salute the honor guard” when boarding the plane. It included insulting tweets from former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik and right-wing radio host Charlie Kirk, who showed a video of a recent Air Force Two approach and accused Harris of being disrespectful to men and women in uniform.
Then who would jump in with a fact-free & misguided comment, olé Bernie Bernard Kerik, former convicted felon and former NYPD Commissioner of police
Kamala Harris refuses to salute the honor guard at the steps of the aircraft. It is a clear demonstration of her dislike for those in uniform, both law-enforcement and military.
Ex-Vice President Mike Pence and President Joe Biden were seen on video saluting honor guards when they were vice president, Fox News noted. But Dick Cheney, who served as veep under GOP President George W. Bush, is shown elsewhere on video not saluting.
Many on Twitter pointed out that Harris was not breaking protocol because she is a civilian and not in the chain of command.
Even the commander-in-chief is not required to salute. The late President Ronald Reagan began the practice as a “matter of courtesy,” U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols wrote.
“There is no overarching instruction or regulation that requires the President or Vice President to return hand salutes from members of the Armed Forces,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby wrote to HuffPost in a statement on Wednesday. “Vice President Harris has made very clear her respect and admiration for the men and women of the military, as well as their families.”
Many on Twitter jumped at the opportunity to fact check Fox News:
It’s not protocol. Fox News consistently fails to tell the truth.
The foregone were only a few of the Twitter fact-checks that hit the old convicted criminal Bernard Kerick. One would think that this embarrassment to police officers everywhere would shut his pie hole and find a hole to crawl into but no.…
Bernard Kerik worked from 1982 to 1984 as chief of investigations for the King Faisal Specialist Hospital’s security division in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Six members of the hospital security staff, including Kerik, were fired and deported after an investigation in 1984 by the Saudi secret police. In his autobiography, Kerik wrote that he was expelled after a physical altercation with a Saudi secret police interrogator; however, in 2004, after he was nominated Secretary of Homeland Security, nine former employees of the hospital told The Washington Post that Kerik worked with a hospital administrator to surveil people’s private affairs, leading to a scandal partly based on Feteih’s use of “the institution’s security staff to track the private lives of several women with whom he was romantically involved, and men who came in contact with them. (w)
As Rudolph Guiliani’s waterboy serving as the NYPD’s commissioner, Kerik had a tense relationship with the FBI; he was accused of blatant abuse of power.
The New York Times reported that: “Behind the scenes, Bernard Kerik ruled like a feudal lord, many former employees have said. He had taken up with a woman who was a correction officer; he was accused of directing officers to staff his wedding. He befriended the agency’s inspector general, whose watchdog responsibilities require keeping an arms-length relationship, and the investigator attended his wedding.” On one occasion, Kerik sent homicide investigators to interview and fingerprint several Fox News employees whom Kerik’s publisher, Judith Regan, suspected of stealing a necklace and mobile phone.
On November 5, 2009, Kerik pleaded guilty to eight felony tax and false statement charges, specifically two counts of tax fraud, one count of making a false statement on a loan application, and five counts of making false statements. He was sentenced to forty-eight months in federal prison and three years supervised release (probation). Criminal defense attorney Michael F. Bachner represented Kerik. He surrendered to the U.S. minimum-security prison camp in Cumberland, Maryland, on May 17, 2010. He was discharged from federal custody on October 15, 2013, and after serving five months’ home confinement, his supervised release concluded in October 2016.
Donald Trump pardoned his serial criminal.
This is what is known about the criminal, Bernard Kerik, we do not know what he did and was not prosecuted for, but this is the punk that criticizes the vice-president of the United States.