CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano, 3 years before retiring from the U.S. Army, posed in a Confederate uniform for a faculty photo at the Army War College.
The photo, which Reuters said Friday it obtained following a request beneath the Freedom of Information Act, shows Mastriano in the uniform in a 2013-14 portrait for the Department of Military Strategy, Plans and Operations, where he worked until he retired in 2017. Reuters said it had been told that faculty at that time were given the choice of dressing as a historical figure, even though several did so, only Mastriano is shown wearing a Confederate uniform.
The Army War College said in a statement a team in 2020 had reviewed all art, text and images displayed at the Carlisle barracks for alignment with Army values and the colleges educational philosophies, nonetheless it missed the faculty photo, which includes since been removed since it will not meet AWC values.
Mastriano, a Pennsylvania state senator, has spread Donald Trumps lies about widespread election fraud in the 2020 presidential election and was a respected proponent in Pennsylvania of Trumps drive to overturn the effect. He was also in the crowd beyond your U.S. Capitol through the Jan. 6, 2021, attack by Trump supporters after attending the Stop the Steal rally nearby.
Mastriano didn’t immediately react to requests for comment but retweeted a comment by Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to his campaign, who said Media MELTDOWN that Mastriano apparently once posed as a civil war historical figure for an image. And? He’s got a Ph.D ever sold.
The left really wants to erase history. Doug Mastriano wants us to understand as a result, Ellis tweeted.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro accused Mastriano of wearing the uniform of traitors who fought to guard slavery, calling it deeply offensive and saying his opponent was unfit to be governor.
Mastriano served for three decades in the Army, retiring as a colonel after serving in Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Confederate flags, symbols and statues have increasingly divided the united states recently, with critics calling them symbols representing the battle to retain slavery and supporters calling them displays of Southern pride and heritage.