While last week, the Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller promised action against any service member involved in the recent social media nude photo sharing scandal, a group of female veterans has gone one step further and asked the First Lady to condemn the scandal. Navy veteran and member of the action group Common Defense, Trina McDonald:
“We are waiting for our first lady to support our women in uniform against continued harassment and cyberbullying. “
During Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, Melania Trump spoke out against cyberbullying and now Common Defense is asking Mrs. Trump to follow through on her statements. The group, decidedly anti-Trump, has this statement on their website:
Common Defense is a diverse, grassroots organization of U.S. veterans and military family members who are fighting to preserve the core values we swore to uphold and defend. Together we vow to protect our communities from hate and violence, to serve on the front lines for social, economic, and environmental justice, and to champion a truly equitable and representative democracy.
The Navy’s Criminal Investigative Service, NCIS, is looking into possible felony charges against individuals involved with the “Marines United” Facebook page which has nearly 30,000 followers. The group allegedly shared nude photos of female Marines and left the site open to commentary. At this time, only 10 of the women exposed in the photos have come forward to work with NCIS.
Neither Mrs. Trump nor the White House has responded to Common Defense’s request for a public condemnation of the photos.