On Monday, March 22, Fox News began circulating criticism of Vice President Kamala Harris for not saluting the military honor guard as she boarded Air Force Two.
DISGRACEFUL: @VP Kamala Harris refuses to salute the honor guard at the steps of the aircraft. It is a clear demons… https://t.co/LjIRE0EhBw— Bernard B. Kerik (@Bernard B. Kerik) 1616465313.0
The Fox report claimed the video showed Harris "appearing to break with precedent and failing to salute the honor guard," a sure sign of disrespect for the military in their eyes.
But the news network knows as well as anyone that the Vice President exists outside of the military chain of command. Returning salutes is not only a non-requirement for the VP—it's actually somewhat incorrect.
The Commander in Chief returns salutes as a matter of courtesy (a practice started by Reagan), but the VP is a civi… https://t.co/XLyF86UYIl— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols) 1616557098.0
Twitter called Fox News out on their misleading report.
@FoxNews VP Harris, correctly, did not render a salute. She does not exist in the military chain of command. This… https://t.co/bZVmNYCTaz— W.J.Wylie3 it was an attempted coup not a riot (@W.J.Wylie3 it was an attempted coup not a riot) 1616587203.0
@FoxNews She is not in the chain of command. Then again you know this. You just want to stroke discord and hate for clicks and ratings.— POX (@POX) 1616588170.0
Though Mike Pence and Joe Biden were both known to salute the honor guard during their time as VP, Republican Dick Cheney often did not.
@FoxNews "She's not one of us! Wink wink." ~ Fox News— LlsRdub, Esq. (@LlsRdub, Esq.) 1616587162.0
@FoxNews VP is a civilian. Fox News isn’t news.— Arnold Ziffel 🇺🇸 (@Arnold Ziffel 🇺🇸) 1616587128.0
@FoxNews You should really review protocol. She is not required nor should she feel compelled to salute.— Andrew Schumer (@Andrew Schumer) 1616587085.0
Many online accused the Fox report of being a baseless attack with racial undertones.
@FoxNews Actually, she's gone back to precedent as she is not in the COC. https://t.co/oSna0HXJdN— Michael (@Michael) 1616586944.0
@FoxNews It’s a theatrical gesture that was started by an actor president.........— Timmy L. (@Timmy L.) 1616586932.0
@FoxNews SMH 😑 https://t.co/CkqsxCAbG2— LG 🐝🛣️ (@LG 🐝🛣️) 1616586782.0
Even if Harris did "break precedent," as Fox News described, this is hardly a matter worth being worked up over.
@FoxNews President Biden is the Commander In Chief. The head of the entire US Armed Forces.....VP Harris isn’t. R… https://t.co/txrCosdvBt— Steph (@Steph) 1616545464.0
@FoxNews This story is a disgraceful lie. Fox News owes the VPOTUS an immediate apology. The VP is not the vice-… https://t.co/qJyjs4IOyK— John Stodder Jr. (@John Stodder Jr.) 1616559103.0
@FoxNews repeatedly doesn't know what it is talking about. #morons https://t.co/lT9GM2bnLJ— Meg (@Meg) 1616593985.0
Fox News seriously needs to get a fact-checker on the payroll to examine some of their articles before they're released.