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- Gen. Berger didn’t say this. This quote originated on a website that has previously published false claims and features a disclaimer that the site “contains humor, parody and satire.”
The Biden administration announced on Aug. 9 that the Pentagon will require active-duty troops to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
But some people are sharing what looks like a news story reporting that there’s some pushback among military leaders.
The story refers to Berger "rebuking" Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, calling him "a coward and a traitor, manipulated by people pushing bad policy on the men and women who provide security to our nation. Neither you nor your puppet president has authority to enforce such a policy."
This story originated on a website that has previously published false claims that PolitiFact has fact-checked, and that now features a disclaimer saying "this website contains humor, parody and satire."
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
There is nothing to support the claims in the post. And Berger has endorsed having Marines get vaccinated.
In December, he posted a photo of himself receiving a vaccine.
"It was great to see many frontline medical workers getting their shot as well," he tweeted. As the vaccine becomes available, I encourage all Marines and their families to get the shot to slow the spread of the virus."
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Facebook post, Aug. 10, 2021
The New York Times, The U.S. military will mandate Covid-19 vaccines for troops, Aug. 9, 2021
Real Raw News, Marines rebuke Def. Sec.: "No mandatory vaccinations for my marines," Aug. 10, 2021
David H. Berger tweet, Dec. 22, 2020
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