“#Ex-Navy SEAL who claims he killed Osama bin Laden brags about not wearing mask”
August 19, 2020 | 12:34pm | Updated August 19, 2020 | 1:00pm
“I’m not a p—y,” tweeted former SEAL Team Six member Robert O’Neill, 44 — alongside a photo of him smiling in his seat.
The only other person clearly in the shot is an elderly man wearing a mask and United States Marine Corps hat.
Many followers took it as a direct attack on his fellow passenger — with some even noting it was the same slur as he had used for the al Qaeda leader he has long claimed to have shot dead.
“Neither is the guy in the USMC hat,” John Lawless replied, referring to O’Neill’s slur. “And once again he’s serving his country by doing what he can to protect your right to be wrong,” he said.
“You’re endangering a veteran’s life. how patriotic,” Orville Shrek told him, while others noted the elderly passenger was “more susceptible than you are and smarter also !!”
Whether or not the Marine cap-wearing passenger was in the shot on purpose, there was no hiding O’Neill’s distaste for anyone wearing masks.
“China told you to wear a mask. Look down… you’re wearing a mask. I’m not,” he wrote in a series of tweets — also insisting, “Make no mistake.. this ‘pandemic’ was sent to you by China.”
“Do you remember the complete, incompetent morons buying all of the toilet paper? They’re the ones telling you to wear masks now,” he insisted in his online tirade.
“I know more about biological warfare than most of you. We were trained. These dumb ass masks do nothing. Nothing,” he insisted, adding that wearing a bandana “does more harm than good.”
“I’m not being rude… I’m just telling you facts,” he insisted.
His messages sparked a furious debate on the merits of face coverings.
“Willing to protect America with a gun but putting on a mask is too difficult?” a follower named BP told him, insisting his photo was “not a sign of manhood.”
Another follower told him that he would “just keep listening to the vast, vast majority of scientists and doctors on planet earth.”
Many others, however, backed O’Neill’s claims that masks fail to protect anyone from the contagion — and were outraged at attacks on his honor.
“Life on the line and three shots into OBL for all of us…but doesn’t wear a mask (that doesn’t really work anyway) and he’s all of the sudden selfish,” one defender, Benjamin Prol, tweeted.
“170,000 people are rolling over in their graves laughing about this. Thanks for the clever comedy bit,” Dan Almont told him.
O’Neill has long insisted he was the SEAL who fired three shots into the head of the al Qaeda leader during a top-secret May 2011 raid on his hideout in Abbottabad.
His Twitter bio reads, “I shot a famous guy. Thrice.”
Pentagon officials previously said it is not clear whose shots killed bin Laden.
O’Neill, who joined the Navy in 1995, also participated in the 2009 rescue of the captain of a merchant ship taken hostage by Somali pirates, a mission that was the subject of the Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips.”
He also helped rescue the survivor of a four-man team attacked in 2005 while tracking a Taliban leader in Afghanistan, which was featured in the 2013 film “Lone Survivor.”
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