Two dozen Republican lawmakers are calling on the acting Air Force secretary to reinstate the officer who was fired from his Space Force position after publishing a book warning that Marxism was spreading within the military.
Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado initiated the letter to acting Secretary John Roth and Space Force Commander Gen. Jay Raymond on Wednesday on behalf of Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, Breitbart News reported.
Lohmeier was fired after appearing on several podcasts to discuss his new book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.” The description of the book states that many pundits have been “perplexed” by current policy decisions, particularly the infusion of the Marxist-based criticial race theory in school curricula. But it’s all part of a “longstanding plot against America, patiently and methodically pursued by those with a mind intent on the overthrow of the US Government and its replacement with a communist dictatorship.”
The Republican lawmakers argue that whether “you agree with him or not, no rational American can review his level-headed critique of critical race theory-based ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ training the military is currently conducting and conclude that his comments on that subject deserve relief of command.”
Lamborn said in a separate statement that he is “growing increasingly concerned about the proliferation of training and discussions rooted in critical race theory throughout the Department of Defense.”
“This Marxist ideology teaches racial prejudice and collective guilt. The fact that it would be taught and promoted in the U.S. military is deeply disturbing,” he said.
The Colorado lawmaker argued that advancing critical race theory “will make it more difficult to attract patriotic talent to join the Armed Forces.”
He said the military should focus on national security threats instead of “pandering to one political ideology.”
“I can’t imagine a better way to weaken ourselves in the midst of a great-power competition with China and Russia,” he said. “Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier listened to the Secretary of Defense and stood up against extremism on the left. He should be praised for his courage.”
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The Republican letter also pointed out a double standard, with the military brass affirming senior officers who voice support for left-wing views.
The lawmakers noted then-Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein in June 2020 said after the death of George Floyd, “Every American should be outraged that the conduct exhibited by police in Minneapolis can still happen in 2020.”
“While a reasonable person can share that sentiment, it is an extremely political statement for a Service Chief to make about a then-pending legal case,” they argued.
Other officers have accused the Air Force of racism, including one who was offered a position on the Air Force headquarters staff after ghost-writing articles.
A number of senior leaders attacked Fox News host Tucker Carlson for comments he made on his political opinion show, and no actions were taken, the Congress members noted.
“We have never seen anything like it,” they said.
“Ultimately there seems to be no material difference between the very public statements made by many senior leaders while in uniform and on official social media accounts, and those made by Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier in an unofficial capacity. The sole difference seems to be the ideological content of his remarks,” the lawmakers wrote.
They warned that leaders who are “complicit with this poisonous philosophy which promotes racial essentialism and collective guilt in our beloved military will be judged by history accordingly.”
The signatories are Republican Reps. Ken Calvert (CA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA), Michael Waltz (FL), Scott DesJarlais (TN), Brian Babin (TX), Rick Allen (GA), Matt Gaetz (FL), Randy Weber (TX), Barry Moore (AL), Mo Brooks (AL), Michael Cloud (TX), Andy Biggs (AZ), Tom McClintock (CA), Steven Palazzo (MS), Madison Cawthorne (NC), Guy Reschenthaler (PA), Brian Mast (FL), Glenn Grothman (WI), Greg Steube (FL), Louie Gohmert (TX), Ben Cline (VA), Lauren Boebert (CO) and Jody Hice (GA).
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