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Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden responds to being called ‘Nazi’ on Twitter

Robert J. O'Neill speaking at the 2018 CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Released)
December 29, 2022

Rob O’Neill, the U.S. Navy SEAL credited with shooting and killing Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, recently responded to being called a “Nazi.”

In a Wednesday tweet, O’Neill advertised for a dipping tobacco substitute made by Black Buffalo Inc. After putting out a video supporting the tobacco product, an account with the handle Mar-A-Lago ANTIFA tweeted “Nazi alert” at O’Neill.

O’Neill responded to the tweet asking, “I’m a Nazi?”

As of Thursday, the tweet by Mar-A-Lago ANTIFA had garnered a single like and dozens of comments in reply, most of which mocked the Twitter account.

One user tweeted a GIF of a cartoon character saying “Oh look! Another idiot!”

Another user tweeted a parody of the of a common Antifa symbol of a red and black flag, this time with the flags replaced by women’s’ underwear. The image read, “Pantifa: Always In A Bunch.”

“Bro just called the man who killed bin Laden a nazi,” said another Twitter user. “Can’t even make this up. My god.”

“Pitching a product to help people kick a poisonous addiction is Nazi stuff?” another user tweeted.

Several Twitter users suggest the Mar-A-Lago ANTIFA account was simply a parody. One user responded, “This is Satire.” Another user said, “I think it’s some twisted parody account.” A third said, “Account hasn’t quite perfected that parody thing yet.”

O’Neill served in the Navy for 16 years and was a member of SEAL Team 6, also known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). O’Neill was assigned to Red Squadron of SEAL Team 6 when he and other members of the unit were assembled onto a team assigned to raid a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. U.S. intelligence resources determined that Bin Laden had been living at the Abbottabad compound.

During the raid, O’Neill and other members of the assault team killed five individuals including one the raiding team later used DNA testing and facial recognition processes to identify as Bin Laden. Navy Admiral William McRaven, the military leader who oversaw the mission, has credited O’Neill with firing the shot that killed Bin Laden.

After killing Bin Laden, the raiding team took his body away on a helicopter, which landed on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. After completing their verification process, U.S. forces buried Bin Laden’s body at sea.