U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who made headlines for posting a video criticizing the Biden administration’s tumultuous military withdrawal from Afghanistan, is confined to a military prison. He rejected help from former President Trump even though his supporters and prominent Republican lawmakers helped raise more than $2 million for his cause.
Last Aug. 28, Lt. Col. Scheller posted a video on his Facebook account demanding accountability from Pentagon officials for the military withdrawal from Afghanistan in which 13 U.S. servicemen were killed.
In his video, the Marine said, “The reason people are so upset on social media right now is not because Marines on the battlefield let anyone down. People are upset because their leaders have let them down, and none of them are raising their hand and accepting responsibility or saying, ‘We messed up.'”
The officer’s video went viral and was shared nearly 50,000 times and has 45,000 comments of support from people and according to Scheller, Facebook is no longer letting him accept friend requests.
The officer was dismissed from the military the next day, but his case featured in mainstream conservative media.
On Aug. 31, Scheller announced he was resigning his commission, and nearly a month later, he was incarcerated in a military prison for violating military laws—contempt toward officials, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, failure to obey lawful general orders, conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman—pending a Court Martial.
A group of 36 Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), and Louis Gohmert (R-Tex.) signed a letter requesting his release to the commandant of the Marine Corps.
In the letter, written by Gohmert, the Republicans argue based on the Rule of Court Martial that a serviceman should not be imprisoned “just for convenience” but for possible criminal conduct or indication that he will not appear in court.
“We urge you to use your considerable authority to correct this misapplication of law and immediately remove LTC Scheller from his confinement,” the Republicans’ letter states.
While Scheller awaited his recently postponed hearing, the Pipe Hitter Foundation created by a former Navy Seal, Eddie Gallagher, raised nearly $2.5 million for his defense. Gallagher was convicted in 2019 for posting a photo with an Islamic terrorist. However, he was pardoned by Trump, according to WCPO.
However, events took a significant turn when Officer Scheller decided to post comments criticizing various government officials, including former President Trump, former General Flynn, Bush, and others.
According to Breitbart, Scheller wrote:
“President Trump. I was told by everyone to kiss the ring because of your following and power. I refuse. While I respect your foreign policy positions, I hate how you divided the country. I don’t need or want your help. You do not have the ability to pull U.S. together. You may even win the next election. But your generation’s time is running out. Tell your son to stop tweeting about me. Your whole family knows nothing about U.S. or our sacrifices. I could never work with you. I’d rather sit in jail and be released with a dishonorable than make compromises in my beliefs.”
But apparently, those who raised money for his defense mainly were Trump supporters, so his comments received an intense backlash.
One of the donors wrote angrily on the Pipe Hitter Foundation website:
“After I found out what he said about Trump, how dare his parents go a conservative T.V., newspapers, GOP letters on his behalf? I had to make this small donation to get the truth about You out there. You don’t want any help from Trump and what is it you said about ‘not kissing the ring’? So, he can tell his kids not to talk about you? Why don’t the Democrats help your ass! I’m going to call my credit card and cancel my previous donation of 200. Tell your parents to go cry to the democrat broadcasters. This Marine family won’t give you sh*** now.”
Another donor wrote: “Because of your nastiness towards our great leader Donald Trump, I am not willing to send the $1,000 I had imagined I might send.”
Another also said, “I just found out that this guy has bashed Trump. I feel like I’ve been totally scammed out of my money.”
In his post, the vast majority criticized his words towards Trump, to which Scheller only responded by copying and pasting the following sentence: “Trump has bone spurs? The older generation is enamored with his truth, they fail to see his faults. He’s a liar like all the others.”
Some users still praised his courage and agreed with his view about Trump and other U.S. presidents.
Another user who commented on his post said, “Trump avoided military service because of a medical condition.”
Due to the strong reactions to his comments about the former president, Scheller wrote again to clarify.”
“I’ve had such a strong reaction to my comments against President Trump I felt a follow up clarification was required. No, President Trump didn’t divide the country. But President Trump, in my humble opinion, is incapable of bringing us back together. Did he expose the corruption in the DOJ, media, and other places… yes. Was he the right person to expose the corruption at that time… maybe. Is he honest, accountable, and full of integrity… no. Would I want to work for a leader like that… no. I want a leader that will bring U.S. together.”