Earlier this week, Lt. Dan Choi and five other gay and lesbian veterans who were discharged under the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy (DADT) “handcuffed themselves to the White House fence” to demand that the President follow through on his promise to repeal the policy before the end of the year. While interviewing right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin this morning, Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson casually claimed that the protesters were merely “dressed up” as “members of the military”:
CARLSON: I want to get your take on something that happened at the White House earlier this week, because, of course the message from the Obama administration is of course they will be the most transparent White House ever and there was this incident where some members of the military, at least dressed up like that, were handcuffing themselves in an area where typically protests happen and the police chased reporters away and basically said they could not cover the event that was happening.
In reality, nearly all of the protesters were, or still are, members of the military. Lt. Dan Choi serves in the New York National Guard and previously served in the Army; James Pietrangelo II served in the Army; Autumn Sandeen and Larry Whitt served in the Navy; and, Evelyn Thomas served in the Marine Corps. One protester — Mara Boyd — was an Air Force ROTC cadet.