Ron Perlman And Fact-Checker Suggests ICE Agent, Wounded Marine Is A Nazi

The New Yorker distanced itself from its staffer in the wake of her erroneous social media post.

New York, NY - Immigration Customs and Enforcement has demanded an apology from the New Yorker magazine and one of its employees, after the staffer erroneously accused a combat-wounded Marine veteran and current ICE agent of having a Nazi tattoo.

ICE had posted a photo of Agent Justin Gaertner to Twitter on May 25 to help educate the public about training opportunities for veterans.

Over the weekend, Talia Lavin, a Harvard-educated fact-checker for the New Yorker, wrote in a tweet that one of Agent Gaertner’s tattoos looked like an Iron Cross, the New York Post reported.

Lavin’s comment “essentially labeled him a Nazi,” ICE said in a statement on Monday.

She quickly received backlash over the comment from military veterans who noted that they symbol appeared to be a Maltese cross, which is associated with firefighters, the agency said.

Lavin has since deleted the post, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

“The tattoo on his left elbow is actually a ‘Titan 2,’ the symbol for his platoon while he fought in Afghanistan,” ICE wrote. “The writing on his right arm is the Spartan Creed which is about protecting family and children.”

Agent Gaertner lost both of his legs on Thanksgiving Day in 2010, while he was serving in the U.S. Marines as a fire team leader and lead IED sweeper in Afghanistan, ICE said in a press release.

“During one of three combat deployments…he was wounded by IEDs, resulting in the loss of both legs and permanent injuries,” the agency explained. “[He] continues to serve his country as an ICE computer forensics analyst, helping to solve criminal cases and rescue children who have been sexually abused.”

In addition to working for ICE, Agent Gaertner also became a para-Olympic athlete and has volunteered his time to support and motivate other wounded veterans and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

ICE admonished Lavin for having spread misinformation and urged her and the New Yorker to apologize to Agent Gaertner.

“Anyone attempting to advance their personal political opinions by baselessly slandering an American hero should be issuing public apologies to Mr. Gaertner and retractions,” the agency asserted. “This includes LAvin and the New Yorker.

Actor Ron Perlman jumped on board with suggesting the hero was a Nazi.

"I know I’m a leftist, ‘D List’ actor, so my twitter feed is probably deceiving me, but is that an iron cross tattooed on this hero’s arm? This is a mistake, right? Cuz the Iron Cross was a symbol of Nazi Germany. Gotta be my twitter feed is leaning left again," Perlman tweeted, along with a photo of Agent Gaertner.

After being informed that he was wrong, Perlman tweeted an apology.

On Monday, the New Yorker issued a statement on the incident, but refused to take responsibility for the off-duty staffer.

“The New Yorker has just learned that a staff member erroneously made a derogatory assumption about ICE agent Justin Gaertner’s tattoo,” a spokesperson said, according to the New York Post. “The personal social-media accounts of staff members do not represent the magazine, and we in no way share the viewpoint expressed in this tweet. The tweet has been deleted, and we deeply regret any harm that this may have caused Mr. Gaertner.”

Lavin has not commented on the issue and has changed her Twitter account to private, the New York Post reported.

Correction: Fixed spelling on Lavin's name.

Comments (15)
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JBo
JBo

[Gasp] You mean someone from the media made a mistake?

voiceoftreason
voiceoftreason

Sue, sue, sue!! Labling someone a "Nazi" is not the same as calling them a "Jerk" or "Ahole". It can have financial and social repercussions for this man and his family and is outright libel! You call someone a "Nazi" you'd better be able to prove they are somehow affiliated with a Nazi organization or you should have your butt sued off!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

"...Talia Levin, a Harvard-educated fact-checker...". All of that, except her name and the name of the school, are wrong.

essexboy
essexboy

The Iron Cross was never a Nazi symbol. That distinction goes to the swastika which was the emblem of National Socialism. The Iron Cross was a military medal given to troops for valor in battle. It was also used in the First WW long before the Nazis were around!

fatdad
fatdad

I learned in the first few sentences this guy wasn't a Nazi. First a marine, then wounded in combat, still working. Then I see what I assume is the reporter's picture. Boom. Game over. Thank you Sir for your service to America,

Wallmaker6
Wallmaker6

He served his country, saved lives, risked his own, lost his legs and continues to fight everyday. Lavin, What have you served? What have you saved? What have you risked? What have you lost? The only thing you fight everyday is diabetes.

RunCop
RunCop

Fuck you Perlman you pussy....and that face of your’s...oh my!

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

The name swastika comes from Sanskrit (Devanagari: स्वस्तिक) and denotes "conducive to well being or auspicious". In Hinduism, the clockwise symbol is called swastika, symbolizing surya (sun), prosperity and good luck, while the counterclockwise symbol is called sauvastika, symbolizing night or tantric aspects of Kali.

So the Nazi's stole a 12,000 year old symbol and made it bad folks.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Another actor to be black-listed. It is amazing how stupid they can be. They really should stick to acting where someone with intelligence scripts their every move and word...as obviously they have very limited intelligence of their own..similar to a drone....

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

It's the new york post and a wanna be leftist actor. Trash acting like trash. Want to bet the post won't fire her for her attitude ? That's a Hawvard edumacation for you....and yes that's deliberate mis-spelling on my part.

Wallmaker6
Wallmaker6

As for Ron Pearlman, SHUT your horse mouth. You get paid to say words that someone else writes. So what makes you think we want to hear your words?

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

ICE racially profiles decent people? I wasn't aware of that. All this time I've thought that they sought out people who are illegally in our country regardless of race, creed, religion, or national origin. Learn something new every day. Thank you, Mr. Perlman, for that gem of wisdom. Did someone write that for you ?

MSK
MSK

Every day I am more and more amazed at the stupidity and biases of supposedly intelligent people. Lavin and Perlman deserve each other. Perlman makes a living by repeating what others write and Lavin makes hers as a “fact checker” which she clearly sucks at.

chiefd
chiefd

If an illegal alien can come into our country, illegally, and be called an immigrant, can't a burglar who breaks into your house, illegally, be called a visitor or family member?

eaagle
eaagle

I do not know what is worse. The original erroneous tweets, or the backhanded apologies? That tat on his arm in no way resembles an iron cross.