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Air Force Santa Claus Tweet Retracted Amid Backlash

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By    |   Friday, 27 October 2017 11:46 AM

The Air Force jokingly declared Santa Claus was not real in a tweet but later retracted the post amid widespread backlash, The Hill noted.

The incident began when a Twitter feud arose between two rival Air Force bases from North Dakota and Missouri.

Joining in on the banter, the Air Force jokingly reprimanded the two bases in a post stating, "We didn't want to have to do this, but if you 2 can't get along we must...Santa will bring you nothing this year...becuase he isn't real!"

The tweet drew heavy criticism from users across Twitter who slammed the Air Force for the insensitive post.

"Wow you people suck! As if having @realDonaldTrump president isn't bad enough, you have to bad mouth Santa!" one commenter replied.

"I worked in AF public affairs once upon a time, and I am deeply ashamed of your typo," another person commented.

It was not long before the post drew attention from the media, with The Washington Examiner being the first to jump on the story.

In response, the Air Force quickly pointed out that the tweet was a joke, posting that, "Santa is real @Anna_Giaritelli! Bluffing to get @Whiteman_AFB @TeamMinot in line. Tracking him in Dec @NoradNorthcom."

It has become a tradition for the Air Force to track Santa Clause’s movements as he embarks upon his worldwide journey of delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

It began in 1948 with a memo, military blog The Sitrep noted.

The note stated "early warning radar net to the north" picked up "one unidentified sleigh, powered by eight reindeer, at 14,000 feet heading 180 degrees."

The Associated Press ran with it and the entire concept grew to become a military holiday trademark.

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