The Coast Guard said a member of its hurricane response team was recalled after the white power signal appeared during a live broadcast on Friday night.
The gesture was made on MSNBC's Live with Ali Velshi while Captain John Reed was giving an update on Tropical Storm Florence and the response efforts in Charleston, South Carolina.
While Reed was talking to Velshi, a Coast Guard member seated at a table behind the captain is seen in the video quickly giving the sign "OK", a hand sign once innocuous that is widely associated with the alt-right
The Coast Guard said it was investigating an incident that involved a member (in a circle) who made a hand gesture "offense". during a news broadcast
The nameless member of the Coast Guard was quickly seen showing what appeared to be the sign of white power
The Coast Guard issued a statement on Twitter on Friday night saying they were aware of the offensive gesture and that the Coast Guard, which has not been named, was eliminated from the response duties.
"Their actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard," the tweet said.
The Lieutenant of the Coast Guard J.B. Zorn added that the incident was under investigation.
"We are not going to allow a person to undermine the good work that the Coast Guard is doing in the region," Zorn told NBC News. & # 39; Let's stay focused & # 39;
Many people took to Twitter the publication that the Coast Guard member needs to be fired.
The Coast Guard member was removed from the hurricane response, a tweeted statement was read
& # 39; "Removed from the answer?" I hope this is just the beginning of a serious disciplinary action and termination! Twitter user Dawn Able posted.
& # 39; What does this mean? Did you just leave the camera now? Is he "helping" the black and brown people? Or just his? Please be more clear, a Twitter user who goes by the name of Don & # 39; Beababy wrote.
The user of Twitter Kitty wrote: "Fire him." or you are also an accomplice.
However, other people came to the defense of the Coast Guard member saying he was not making the white power signal.
The incident occurred while a Coast Guard captain spoke about the response efforts in South Carolina. In the photo, a damaged building in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Friday
"Seriously, you have the mental capacity of a 2-year-old if you think it's a sign of white power." It was totally invented just to show what idiots the liberals are and, as usual, each of you fell in love with it. Hopefully, the guy demands the Coast Guard, "tweeted Darren Corbett.
It is not clear how the OK signal – index and thumb in a circle with the other fingers pointing up – was associated with white power. The Outline suggests that it could be related to an alt-right meme of Pepe the Frog's cartoon holding his hand making the gesture. The cartoon frog was adopted by Trump supporters and white supremacists.