On Jan. 3, 2020, Taters Gonna Tate published an article positing that thousands of young supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump had enlisted in the military following the U.S.-ordered killing of Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani:
Thousands of Young Trump Supporters Show Up At Local Recruiters To Volunteer For Duty
While liberals cry over a dead Iranian general, young Trump supporters are stepping up by the thousands to help the cause and serve their country. Recruiters from coast to coast are reporting that they have lines out the door and around the block full of young men and women, proudly wearing their Make America Great Again hats, ready to enlist to go to war against Iran.
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While thousands of Trump supporters did not enlist in the military following Soleimani’s death, the killing of this Iran general did result in an increase of web searches about the possibility of a military draft. The U.S. Selective Service System even posted a statement on Twitter saying that Congress and the president would have to pass legislation to authorize a military draft:
The Selective Service System is conducting business as usual. In the event that a national emergency necessitates a draft, Congress and the President would need to pass official legislation to authorize a draft. pic.twitter.com/M4tY2dLoX1
— Selective Service (@SSS_gov) January 3, 2020
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