Eddie Gallagher, A Trump-Pardoned War Criminal, Is Cashing In On Newfound Fame
One of the accused war criminals President Donald Trump pardoned and has attempted to elevate to hero status is making good use of the Commander-in-Chief’s free publicity as he sets about cashing in, according to The New York Times.
Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher “is modeling his own lifestyle clothing brand, endorsing nutrition supplements and positioning himself as a conservative influencer with close ties” to Trump — while just a year ago, he was behind bars at a “brig near San Diego, facing murder charges that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life.”
Gallagher was cleared earlier this year of charges that he shot at civilians in Iraq and killed a captive with a knife during his time as platoon leader, but he faced consequences for a conviction on posing with a dead captive’s body.
Trump stepped in to reverse those consequences and has since held Gallagher in high regard, praising him publicly and inviting the disgraced chief to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.
The president’s attention and accolades have served as a “springboard to social media followers and branding opportunities,” The Times reported.
“Brotherhood isn’t just a statement, it’s a way of life,” Chief Gallagher said in a statement explaining his apparel line, called Salty Frog Gear. Described as a “coastal lifestyle brand with an edge,” it features T-shirts that read “stay salty,” and hooded sweatshirts, with a custom front pocket designed to hold a beer bottle.
Gallagher also “regularly shows off the logos and clothing of a number of right-wing veterans’ groups that push a distinct brand of patriotism, including an apparel brand run by the SEAL veteran who made the knife Chief Gallagher was accused of using to kill a captive.”
Gallagher is also reportedly working on a book about his career as a Navy SEAL and the controversy surrounding his service.