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Dan Crenshaw leads Republican’s defense of Space Force commander fired for calling CRT Marxist

Republican lawmakers have slammed the dismissal of Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier who was fired as a Space Force commander for saying critical race theory is ‘rooted in Marxism’.

Lohmeier was dismissed from his role as a commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base Colorado last Friday over critical comments he made ‘fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives’ within the military ranks.

Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas, a former Navy Seal who lost an eye in combat in Afghanistan, condemned Lohmeier’s removal. 

‘We need to be preparing our warriors to fight and win battles, not how to be (social justice warriors),’ he wrote. 

‘Far left critical race theory is taught while speaking out against MARXISM is punished??’

A fellow Texan, Senator Ted Cruz, called the move ‘troubling’.

Rep. Andy Biggs, of Arizona, said Lohmeier was a ‘hero,’ adding the US military ‘should be preparing to win battles – not being brainwashed with Marxist ideals’.

And Dan Bishop, of North Carolina, wrote on Twitter: ‘Lt. Col. Lohmeier is correct. CRT is a neo-Marxist ideology. He was punished for telling the truth. We need to fight this with everything we have.’ 

Lohmeier made the comments on a podcast to promote his new self-published book Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military. 

Dan Crenshaw leads Republican's defense of 'hero' Space Force commander who was fired for calling CRT Marxist, amid concerns the Pentagon is trying to purge Conservatives

Dan Crenshaw (right) is leading the Republican’s defense of ‘hero’ Space Force commander  Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier who was fired for calling CRT Marxist, amid concerns the Pentagon is trying to purge Conservatives 

'We need to be preparing our warriors to fight and win battles, not how to be SJWs,' wrote Dan Crenshaw. 'Far left critical race theory is taught while speaking out against MARXISM is punished??'

‘We need to be preparing our warriors to fight and win battles, not how to be SJWs,’ wrote Dan Crenshaw. ‘Far left critical race theory is taught while speaking out against MARXISM is punished??’

Senator Ted Cruz, called the move to remove Lohmeier from his commander role  'troubling'

Senator Ted Cruz, called the move to remove Lohmeier from his commander role  ‘troubling’

Dan Bishop wrote: 'Lt. Col. Lohmeier is correct. CRT is a neo-Marxist ideology. He was punished for telling the truth. We need to fight this with everything we have'

Dan Bishop wrote: ‘Lt. Col. Lohmeier is correct. CRT is a neo-Marxist ideology. He was punished for telling the truth. We need to fight this with everything we have’

Speaking on the ‘Information Operation’ podcast, Lohmeier said: ‘The diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military…is rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism. 

‘Since taking command as a commander about 10 months ago, I saw what I consider fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives of what America was, is and should be.

‘That wasn’t just prolific in social media, or throughout the country during this past year, but it was spreading throughout the United States military. And I had recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature.’ 

He described the the New York Times 1619 Project as ‘anti-American’, adding: ‘It teaches intensive teaching that I heard at my base – that at the time the country ratified the United States Constitution, it codified white supremacy as the law of the land.

‘If you want to disagree with that, then you start (being) labeled all manner of things including racist.’ 

The comments led to a ‘loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead’, according to a statement from the Space Force, and he was relieved of his position last Friday.

A Space Force spokesperson told The Military Times: ‘This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast.

‘Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.’ 

It’s not yet clear what what temporary role Lohmeier will fill during the investigation or if he could face any consequences beyond being removed from his command post.

Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado said the teaching critical race theory was dangerous. 'Critical race theory is counterproductive to the very cause it champions. 'It emphasizes stereotypes and perpetuates prejudices by focusing on our differences instead of what unities us'

Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado said the teaching critical race theory was dangerous. ‘Critical race theory is counterproductive to the very cause it champions. ‘It emphasizes stereotypes and perpetuates prejudices by focusing on our differences instead of what unities us’

Rep Mike Waltz posted on Twitter: 'You cannot allow seminars at West Point that share anti-policing messaging while also relieving a soldier who shared anti-Marxism messages'

Rep Mike Waltz posted on Twitter: ‘You cannot allow seminars at West Point that share anti-policing messaging while also relieving a soldier who shared anti-Marxism messages’

Rep. Byron Donalds, of Florida, said Lohmeier was a 'hero' for standing up to the 'leftist mob' which was trying to cancel him.

Rep. Byron Donalds, of Florida, said Lohmeier was a ‘hero’ for standing up to the ‘leftist mob’ which was trying to cancel him.

'The Pentagon promotes partisan books on its reading list, then fires people for criticizing the same far-left ideology,' wrote Jim Banks of Indiana

‘The Pentagon promotes partisan books on its reading list, then fires people for criticizing the same far-left ideology,’ wrote Jim Banks of Indiana

Several more Republican Members of Congress said they were determined to keep Lohmeier’s case in the public spotlight.  

Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, said: ‘The Pentagon promotes partisan books on its reading list, then fires people for criticizing the same far-left ideology.

‘There’s a different set of rules for those on the right.’   

Rep. Byron Donalds, of Florida, said Lohmeier was a ‘hero’ for standing up to the ‘leftist mob’ which was trying to cancel him.

‘Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier is a hero, not only for putting on the uniform every day to defend our nation but also to defend the freedoms of the leftist mob attempting to cancel him,’ Donalds wrote on Twitter. 

‘[Critical race theory] should have no place in our classrooms, Armed Forces, or country as a whole.’

Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado said the teaching critical race theory was racist and divisive.

‘Critical race theory is counterproductive to the very cause it champions.

‘It emphasizes stereotypes and perpetuates prejudices by focusing on our differences instead of what unities us.

‘It is racist, divisive, anti-American, and has no place in our schools or military.’

While Rep Mike Waltz posted on Twitter: ‘You cannot allow seminars at West Point that share anti-policing messaging while also relieving a soldier who shared anti-Marxism messages.’ 

Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier appeared on a podcast to promote his new self published book, pictured, when he made the comments which led to a 'loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead', according to a statement from the Space Force

Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier appeared on a podcast to promote his new self published book, pictured, when he made the comments which led to a ‘loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead’, according to a statement from the Space Force

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, pictured, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead', the Space Force said

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, pictured, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead’, the Space Force said

CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  

The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.

The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequnces of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.

The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.

Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.

Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.

Lohmeier, a former fighter pilot, had been the commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base Colorado. 

In November last year he received a Thanksgiving call from President Donald Trump after joining the Space Force the previous month. 

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the head of Space Operations Command, is understood have removed him from his role Friday. 

Lohmeier told The Washington Examiner: ‘What you see happening in the U.S. military at the moment is that if you’re a conservative, then you’re lumped into a group of people who are labeled extremists, if you’re willing to voice your views. 

‘And if you’re aligned with the Left, then it’s OK to be an activist online because no one’s gonna hold you accountable.’

He said active service members have written to thank him for his comments ‘because we don’t have a voice anymore’. 

A Space Force spokesman told The Washington Examiner: ‘Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead.’

Members of the military are allowed to express their personal opinions when not in uniform but are prohibited from ‘partisan political activity’.   

Critical race theory claims to highlight how historical inequities and racism continue to shape public policy and social conditions today. 

Those who are against it say people are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist and that it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color. 

The issue has become one of the frontline skirmishes in the country’s culture wars in the wake of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests. 

Lohmeier had said of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s diversity and inclusion program: ‘I don’t demonize the man, but I want to make it clear to both him and every service member this agenda — it will divide us. It will not unify us.’

Austin in February ordered military leaders to spend time talking to their troops about extremism in the ranks.

Chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said then that while extremism has been a problem in the military in the past, the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which left five people dead, was a ‘wake-up call’ for military leaders. He said that Austin wants to get a better handle on the breadth of the problem. 

Lohmeier’s book Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military looks at the ‘impact of a neo-Marxist agenda’ on American security. 

He has said he discussed the book with his superiors prior to writing it.  

In an email to The Military Times Lohmeier said: ‘My intent never has been to engage in partisan politics.

 ‘I have written a book about a particular political ideology (Marxism) in the hope that our Defense Department might return to being politically non-partisan in the future as it has honorably done throughout history.’ 

Members of the military are allowed to express their personal opinions when not in uniform but are prohibited from 'partisan political activity'

Members of the military are allowed to express their personal opinions when not in uniform but are prohibited from ‘partisan political activity’


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