by WorldTribune Staff, December 15, 2019
During the pre-game of Saturday’s Army-Navy football matchup, some of the service academies’ students were seen making the OK hand symbol in a way that for decades has been associated with the “circle game.”
In the era of Trump, however, triggered leftists look for any way to attribute anything remotely associated to the president as a white supremacist conspiracy.
So, leftist trolls took to Twitter to say the students were making a “white power” sign at the Army-Navy game.
“You can even see the one midshipman trying desperately not to look so he doesn’t get punched in the shoulder, typical of the circle game,” RedState’s Nick Arama noted in a Dec. 15 op-ed.
“But people tried to make it go viral to identify the students and ruin them,” Arama added. “Then media picked it up and were off to the races.”
Mike Brehm of USA Today Sports and the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Kesling took the bait from the Twitter trolls and attempted to feed it to the mainstream.
Brehm wrote: “Questions erupted during the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia when students appeared to make the White Power hand symbol during a pregame broadcast.”
Kesling tweeted: “West Point and Annapolis investigate possible ‘white power’ hand sign”
The Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy noted of Brehm:
“USA Today is now accusing military students at the Army-Navy game of flashing a white power symbol — since it is upside down it looks more like the gotcha-made-you-look “circle game” than it does an OK sign (which some have tried to co-opt & troll into being a white power sign).”
Dunleavy responded to Kinsley, tweeting:
“Ben why doesn’t your piece point out that they all made the hand gesture upside down such that it looks more akin to the made-you-look-gotcha “circle game” than it does an OK symbol? Why not at least accurately describe their actions at a bare minimum? This simply makes no sense.”
Arama noted how the Twitter trolls and the major media who were gullible enough to fall for it did a “Great job defaming students who’ve signed up to put their life on the line for Americans.”
There was plenty of pushback on the trolls and media hacks:
Good lord. They were playing the circle game. America has gone insane. pic.twitter.com/jixG99ftmX
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 15, 2019
Here we go again. This time it’s @ByMikeBrehm of @usatodaysports trying to ruin the lives of cadets for playing the circle game, because in some alternate reality they just MUST be white supremacists. At some point someone’s gotta bring a defamation case against these lunatics. https://t.co/2Y8iaB1kVw
— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) December 15, 2019
Some tweeted photos showing many top Democrat politicians using the sign.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 15, 2019
Many observers noted that those who were triggered by the OK or circle game sign were likely further agitated by the rousing applause President Donald Trump received at the game.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 14, 2019