Sean Spicer said on Friday he knew the real reason why the Biden administration removed 18 Trump appointees from military academy boards this week: Now officials can push through left wing ideology without opposition.
The former White House press secretary, and Naval reservist, has promised to fight his removal from the board of visitors to the U.S. Naval Academy.
He took particular issue with the way his White House successor Jen Psaki called into question his qualifications for the job.
‘These statements and actions have nothing to do with my qualifications or the qualifications of anyone else the president is ousting,’ he wrote in an essay for Real Clear Politics.
‘For the past year, the boards haven’t been allowed to meet.
‘The reason for the Biden administration’s actions is clear: They want to inject far-left ideology such as critical race theory into the curriculum of the service academies without the pushback or oversight that Congress intended when the boards were established.’
Sean Spicer said the Biden administration was intent on injecting ‘far-left ideology’ into the curriculum of service academies by removing Trump appointees from their advisory boards
President Trump is seen with Naval Academy cadets during the the Army v. Navy American Football game in Philadelphia on December 14, 2019
Biden’s purge of Trump appointees on the non-partisan military advisory boards
Kellyanne Conway: Former senior counselor to the president who was picked for the Air Force Academy advisory board.
Sean Spicer: Ex-press secretary who Trump picked for the Naval Academy Board of visitors.
H.R. McMaster: Former national security adviser appointed to the West Point advisory board.
Russell Vought: Trump’s former director of the Office of Management and Budget, appointed to the Naval Academy’s board
Heidi Stirrup and Michael Wynne: Appointed to the board of the Air Force Academy.
Retired Gen. Jack Keane, Retired Col. Douglas Macgregor, Former U.S. Army North commander Guy Swan III, Meaghan Mobbs, and David Urban: All appointed to the West Point board
Jonathan Hiler, John Coale, Anthony Parker and Joseph Walsh: All appointed to the Naval Academy’s board
Six of the appointees asked to resign serve with the Air Force Academy, six serve with the Military Academy and six serve with the Naval Academy.
Other members include, H.R. McMaster, Heidi Stirrup, Michael Wynne, Jack Keane, Douglas Macgregor, Guy Swan III, Meaghan Mobbs, David Urban, Jonathan Hiler, John Coale, Anthony Parker and Joseph Walsh.
Spicer said the examples of McMaster – who is being honored at West Point on Saturday – and Mobbs, who served in Afghanistan, showed the appointees had impeccable qualifications.
And he pointed out that he was a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College with 22 years’ experience with the Navy Reserve
‘This administration is attacking the qualifications of people who have served our country and is setting a dangerous precedent by politicizing these institutions,’ he wrote.
‘Our military and the service academy boards should be beyond the reach of petty political stunts like this.’
His comments come at a time when the Pentagon has been dragged into the nation’s culture wars.
Republican lawmakers have ridiculed recruitment efforts to attract more people from minority backgrounds and set up a webportal for military ‘whistleblowers’ to report ‘woke ideology’ they encounter while in uniform.
And they have accused West Point of teaching cadets from a curriculum that includes ‘critical race theory,’ the idea that American history can be understood in part by analyzing how racism has created institutional inequalities.
Spicer said the board dismissals threatened to turn the academies into ideological weapons.
‘The service academies have traditionally been no-go zones for partisan politics,’ he wrote.
‘These hallowed institutions are where people come together to give their best and ensure our military’s future officers have the tools and education they need to successfully lead.
‘Until now, just days before the 9/11 anniversary, no administration ever attempted to turn the service academies into an ideological weapon.’
Several prominent figures publicly refused to resign, Kellyanne Conway, former White House adviser.
But their polarizing personalities were cited by Biden supporters as proof that they were unsuitable for serving on the boards.
On Friday, Gen. Jack Keane, a member of the West Point board of visitors before being removed, dismissed that criticism and said appointees dropped partisan politics for getting on with the job.
‘We never thought of each other as Trump appointees or Obama appointees. We thought of ourselves as the Board of Visitors entrusted with oversight of something that we really cared about,’ he told Fox News.
‘And we were honored to be able to support such an esteemed and beloved institution as West Point whose remarkable history is synonymous with the history of the country.
‘We rolled up our sleeves and most everyone I saw at the board was committed to helping West Point, and that’s kind of what the president’s putting us on there to do.’
He described the dismissals as ‘petty’ and ‘partisan.’
Several of the figures say they will challenge their dismissals.
Speaking on his Newsmax show on Wednesday night, Spicer said: ‘I’m announcing for tonight for the first time that I will not be submitting my resignation and I will be joining a lawsuit to fight this.
Several accused the White House of politicizing the roles.
Meaghan Mobbs, a West Point graduate and former Trump adviser on military family issues, wrote in her response to the demand: ‘It is tragic that this great institution is now being subjected to and hijacked by partisan action that serve no purpose and no greater good.
‘Make no mistake, the move to terminate duly appointed presidential appointees sets a dangerous precedent for future administrations and undermines our institutions.’
The White House defended the move with a dig at two of the most controversial appointments.
‘I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified – or not political – to serve on these boards,’ said Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
‘But the president’s qualification requirements are not your party registration, they are whether you’re qualified to serve and whether you’re aligned with the values of this administration.’
Conway later slammed the move.
‘I’m not sure that’s legal but it certainly is low-class,’ she told Fox News‘ Sean Hannity Thursday
‘Let me explain what these positions are. We are uncompensated volunteers, we are appointed for three years by a president, in this case, President Trump.’