The U.S. Strategic Command has deleted and apologized for a New Year’s Eve tweet noting that it could “drop something bigger” than a countdown ball.
In the hours before the new year rang in, the military organization, whose Twitter slogan is “peace is our profession,” joked about dropping the big one.
Citing the “big” Times Square ball drop that was to happen at midnight, the unified command’s account tweeted, “if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger.”
In case that wasn’t clear enough, the tweet even added video showing a bomber dropping bombs.
But, it wasn’t long until detractors began slamming the tweet as having been posted in bad taste.
Soon the Command deleted the tweet and apologized.
“Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values.” the Command tweeted. “We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies.”
Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values. We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies.
— US Strategic Command (@US_Stratcom) December 31, 2018
But not before some major criticism erupted.
As USA Today reported:
Among the initial tweet’s detractors was Walter Schaub, who led the Office of Government Ethics for more than three years, including six months under President Donald Trump.
“What kind of maniacs are running our country?” Schaub tweeted.
Strategic Command, based in Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, has not issued any further statements on the incident.
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