Republican lawmakers in charge of funding the US military responded this week to claims that there was “awakened” political bias against conservatives in the military.
Several prominent Republicans on the House and Senate armed services committees have criticized the culture of annulment and stirred up ideology that they believe could contribute to prejudice against service members who identify as conservatives.
The Republicans’ criticism comes after a US Space Force commander, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, was relieved of his official duties last week after speaking out against Marxism and Critical Race Theory in the army. As a result, lawmakers warn of the dangers of an increasingly politicized environment within the armed forces.
Lisa McClain, R-Mich., Member of the House Armed Services Committee, decried the culture of cancellation as “spiraling out of control” and said she supported legislation to ensure that U.S. troops are not indoctrinated into an awakened culture, which is more intolerant of conservative beliefs and values.
“Freedom of speech is one of the founding principles of our country, and right now the careers of our military are in jeopardy if they dare to be conservative,” McClain told Fox News Thursday. “This culture of cancellation is getting out of hand and permeating all aspects of American life.”
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âThe military monitoring the social media content of its military is extremely problematic and anyone who believes in free speech should be outraged,â she continued. “I co-sponsored anti-racism training under US military law to ensure that non-American ideas that divide are not pushed down the throats of our troops.”
Republican Study Committee chairman and House Armed Services Committee member Jim Banks, R-Ind., Told Fox News on Thursday that he believes the military should focus all of its energy on being the best. combat force of the planet.
“Call me old-fashioned, but I think the military should be 100% focused on being the best fighting force possible to counter our opponents like the Chinese Communist Party or Russia and stop entertaining social experiments. left, âBanks said.
Another committee member, Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Texas, told Fox News America needs warriors, not âsocial justice warriorsâ, in the military to survive.
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“Democrats and Republicans must reject the radical left’s dangerous, partisan, awakened and progressive agenda for our military,” Fallon told Fox News Thursday. “Our military and the whole country deserve so much better. America cannot survive if we care more about the warriors of social justice than our true warriors.”
First-year Rep. Madison Cawthorn, RN.C., said “political pimping has no place in the classroom or in our military,” in a statement to Fox News.
“Do you remember when Americans portrayed peace by force?” Cawthorn said in a statement. âNow our soldiers believe in peace through symbolic diversity. We should prioritize recruiting the fiercest and smartest warriors the world has ever seen, no matter who they are.
âNot ‘awakened’ multiculturalism,â Cawthorn added.
Mike Rogers, R-Ala., A senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued a statement on Saturday saying he was “deeply concerned about numerous press reports” about Defense Department Tories (DOD) and soldiers having their voices “silenced” while the leadership “defends and protects the voices of the left”.
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“The United States armed forces should focus on preparing to face and win all battles against threats posed by China and other foreign adversaries and not impose political beliefs on those who have chosen to serve in uniform, âRogers said.
The Alabama Republican said he and other Republicans “regularly” hear from service members about how being a conservative could “endanger” their careers and called for the issue to be addressed in the draft. this year’s defense authorization law.
Additionally, the first term of Senator Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., – who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee – sent a letter with fellow Senses Roger Wicker, R-Miss., And Kevin Cramer, RN .D., To Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, detonating the Army’s recent anti-extremism training.
“A review of resignation training materials reveals a disappointing partisan trend and ill-defined First Amendment rights for the military,” the letter read.
“We cannot allow the military to be politicized,” the senators wrote.
Sen. Ted Cruz, of R-Texas, weighed in on Twitter, tweeting that perhaps “an emasculated and awakened army is not the best idea.”
After Space Force Lt. Col. Lohmeier was relieved of his duties, Republicans rushed to his defense and praised him for his bravery.
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Republicans have backed the commander and a number of lawmakers – including Representatives Byron Donalds, R-Fla., And Andy Biggs, R-Ari., – have hailed Lohmeier as a “hero” for speaking out against communism in the US Army.
âLt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier is a hero, not only for putting on the uniform every day to defend our nation, but also for defending the freedoms of the left-wing mob trying to overturn it,â Donalds wrote on Twitter to the news of Lohmeier’s relief. of duty. “[Critical race theory] should have no place in our classrooms, our armed forces, or the country as a whole. “
Two dozen Republicans sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Space Force on Wednesday, requesting that the recently dismissed commander be reinstated.
Brittany De Lea of ââFox News contributed to this report.