Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the outspoken Marine who went viral for questioning the nation’s top military leaders amid a chaotic exit from Afghanistan, is being released from the brig today.
Scheller was initially jailed at Camp Lejeune last Monday after he refused to follow an order by military authorities to stop posting to social media, an order that was made after he posted a series of viral videos that featured him criticizing military leaders for their handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” Scheller’s father, Stu Scheller Sr., told Task & Purpose last week. “He was asking for accountability. In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn’t do that, which is mind-blowing.”
The outspoken officer was three years from being able to retire when he was relieved of his command and put into confinement while awaiting trial for contempt.
“My son is an exemplary Marine and he has been for 17 years,” Scheller’s mother, Cathy Scheller, told Fox News last week. “He knew that everyone else felt the same way. He thought if he took the lead, others would stand up and call for accountability. They did not. So he is taking the full brunt himself.”
Scheller last weekend drew backlash with his comments aimed towards former President Donald Trump and his son Don Trump Jr. via Facebook, saying he’d “rather sit in jail” than work with the former president.
“President Trump. I was told by everyone to kiss the ring because of your following and power. I refuse,” Scheller posted via Facebook, last Saturday.
“While I respect your foreign policy positions, I hate how you divided the country,” he wrote. “I don’t need or want your help. You do not have the ability to pull US together. You may even win the next election. But your generation’s time is running out.”
“Tell your son to stop tweeting about me,” the Marine added, referring to Don Trump Jr. “Your whole family knows nothing about US 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,” added Scheller.
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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