A Fort Stewart soldier was immediately suspended after he posted a Tik Tok video online on Aug. 31,that included an anti-Semitic remark.
The video was shared by Paul Szoldra, who tweeted, “2nd Lt. Nathan Freihofer, a popular Tik Tok influencer with nearly 3 mil followers, posted a joke about the holocaust.” ‘”If you get offended, get the f*** out because it’s a joke,’” he says. May be contrary to Army’s Think, Type, Post social media policy, but hey what do I know?”
Szoldra is a former U. S. Marine Infantryman and the current Editor in chief of Task & Purpose an American online publication founded in 2014, primarily covering the United States Armed Forces and defense more generally.
Immediately following that post the 3rd Infantry Division tweeted the following statement:
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“3ID is investigating reports of a Soldier making vile remarks on a social media video. The statements made in the video are not indicative of the values we live by, and there is no place for racism or bigotry in our Army or our country.”
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“An investigation has been initiated into this matter and the Soldier has been suspended of any and all leadership authorities effective immediately, pending the results of the investigation.”
Freihofer’s original tweet was as follows, “Listen to this one: what’s a Jewish person’s favorite Pokémon character?” he asked, laughing, “Ash. Hey if you get offended, get the f— out cuz it’s a joke,” Freihofer continued. He ended his video by saying, “Don’t be a pu***.”
Freihofer has since deactivated his Tik Tok account.
Kevin Larson, Fort Stewart’s Public Communications Chief said the investigation is ongoing.
Larson said the Army’s stance on social media requires them to adhere to certain policies.
“The Army Social Media Policy directs soldiers to behave with decorum online,” he stated. “Soldiers are required to think before they post on social media in accordance with our policies, and practice sound judgment in what they post online.”