As Spencer detailed in his op-ed, he on separate accounts throughout the case "pushed back" against the president's involvement, which he said was evident from the start.
Reid afterwards issued an on-air correction.
Several minutes later, the MSNBC host apologized for the snafu.
In Spencer's resignation letter, he wrote, "I can not in good conscience obey and order that I believe that violated the sacred oath I took in the presence of my family, my flag, and my faith to support and defend the Constitution of the United States". The Navy wanted took away Gallagher's trident - stripping him of his SEAL status. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning".
Richard Spencer (the Navy Secretary) was forced to resign by President Donald Trump after he openly tried to defy an order from his Commander-in-Chief to restore the rank of pardoned SEAL Gallagher. In his Post op-ed, Spencer acknowledged he was wrong to go outside the chain of command but called Trump's intervention a "shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review".
"Earlier in the segment, as we were talking about Richard Spencer, we mistakenly showed the wrong image of white supremacist Richard Spencer". "It was also a reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices". We are very, deeply sorry for that mistake.
White nationalist Spencer, 41, organized the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in the death of a young woman, Heather Heyer.
Watch the MSNBC mixup in the tweet above.
'So that is definitely not a photo of former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, ' BuzzFeed News social media strategist Josh Billinson posted to Twitter Sunday morning, along with a grab of the gaffe image.