December 3, 2020
MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein was contacted on behalf of 14 active duty clients who felt compelled to contact MRFF based on illegal and inappropriate on-duty actions by their immediate military supervisor. These clients contacted MRFF for assistance due to their fear of retribution and the supervisor’s relationship with the unit’s EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) and IG (Inspector General) personnel. The on-duty situation was described in an email by a representative of the 14 MRFF clients:
Our supervisor (name and rank withheld) began wearing a red baseball hat which looked just like Trump’s MAGA hat. But instead of MAGA on it the hat carried the message “Make Christmas Great Again”. Our military supervisor is a huge Trump fan and never stops talking about it. He is also a huge Jesus fan and also never stops taking about that.
As we work in a secure area we could not get any pictures of him wearing the red “Make Christmas Great Again” baseball hat. There are 14 of us in this group that asked MRFF to take our complaints for action. 10 of us are Christians and 1 of us is Jewish and the other 3 identify as just no religious preference.
MRFF Senior Research Director Chris Rodda succinctly pointed out the obvious nature of this military supervisor’s violations and why their subordinates seek MRFF’s assistance in these matters in an article for the Daily Kos:
In military regulations, two things are often listed together as things that a service member is prohibited from endorsing or promoting while in uniform – their religious beliefs and their political opinions.
The supervisor’s “Make Christmas Great Again” hat, the wearing of which was also a violation of uniform regulations, was the last straw for his subordinates, but they were afraid to say anything because he outranked them. This is the number one reason that service members come to MRFF – the fear of retribution if they complain to or about a superior. By coming to MRFF and letting MRFF handle the situation, they can remain safely anonymous.
These clients contacted Mikey on the evening they decided to seek MRFF’s assistance and then confirmed via email, “Next morning we noticed that the hat was no longer anywhere to be seen! And our supervisor would not even make eye contact with any of us”:
Mr. Weinstein had called our commander in the early morning to demand that our supervisor be ordered to never wear that hat again in our duty area and during duty hours.
Mr. Weinstein told us that our commander had promised to comply with the demand and agreed that the wearing of that hat was not to be allowed. None of us felt as though we could object personally to our military supervisor without facing his payback.
Mr. Weinstein had also demanded that our supervisor be disciplined for his attempts to get us all to vote for Trump and to become Christians like him. No word on that part yet.
Thank you & big shout-out to the MRFF for taking this on for us and getting us the WIN! We will all be so grateful always to the MRFF!