A decorated Army veteran appointed by Donald Trump to West Point’s advisory board at the end of his presidency has been repeatedly spreading a conspiracy that Joe Biden is deliberately bringing in migrants, in a bid to change the demographic balance to help Democrats.
Colonel Douglas Macgregor, 68, was appointed by Trump on December 8 for a three-year term on the board, which provides independent advice to the president on morale, curriculum, discipline, and other issues at West Point.
He was already known for his controversial remarks – arguing for the imposition of martial law at the U.S.-Mexico border, with orders for troops to ‘shoot people’ if necessary to stop illegal immigration, and criticizing European countries for being too welcoming to ‘Muslim invaders.’
In 2019 he claimed that George Soros was paying for foreigners to come to the United States in order to destroy American culture, and, since being appointed to the prestigious West Point role, he has repeated similar conspiracy theories, CNN found.
In April he said the Biden administration was deliberately working ‘to outnumber the numbers of Americans of European ancestry who live in the United States.’
Colonel Douglas Macgregor was appointed by Donald Trump to the board of West Point on December 8, despite his well-known history of promoting conspiracy theories and racist tropes. In April he told a New York radio show that the Biden administration was attempting to flood the country with Latinos, in a bid to help their electoral chances. In May he scoffed at women in the military
Donald Trump, seen arriving at Trump Tower earlier this year, was a strong supporter of Macgregor and tried to appoint him ambassador to Germany. When Macgregor’s controversial comments were picked up, Trump abandoned the plan. He later made Macgregor an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and then appointed him to the board of West Point
Asked on Frank Murano’s podcast about the handling of the border, Macgregor said: ‘I think they’ve got control of it. There’s no question about it.
‘But their idea of control is to bring in as many people as they possibly can, as quickly as possible, from anywhere in the world, frankly. But preferably from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and some, some portions of Asia, but not many.
‘The idea is that they have to bring in as many non-Europeans as possible in order to outnumber the numbers of Americans of European ancestry who live in the United States.
‘That’s what it’s all about. And I don’t think there’s any point in questioning it. That is the policy.
‘It is a deliberate policy to enact demographic change.’
The line has been a frequent refrain for white supremacists, who argue that they are under threat and at risk of being ‘overwhelmed’ by minorities. Tucker Carlson is among those to have seized the idea, terming it ‘replacement theory’.
Macgregor also said ‘a lot of criminals’ were among migrants and undocumented immigrants coming into the United States, adding they would be a ‘burden on our economy,’ who carried since eradicated diseases.
‘We’re also encouraging all these worst elements to come in and camp and effectively enjoy the fruits of citizenship without earning them and without ever having qualified for them,’ he said.
‘And I think some of you must have seen the thousands of pregnant women coming up from Latin America, so they can have their children here. And then the child immediately is declared an American citizen.
‘And again, all of this is part of the grand plan. This is what Mr. Biden and his supporters want. They want another country. They don’t want the United States.’
A group of migrants are seen in a photo provided by the Border Patrol, taken along the U.S.-Mexico border. Macgregor has accused Joe Biden of wanting to usher in large numbers of Latino migrants in the hope that they will vote Democrat
The Border Patrol in Laredo, Texas are seen arresting and processing migrants recently crossed from Mexico into the United States. Macgregor has called for martial law along the border
Asylum-seeking migrants from Venezuela hold up their passports as the Border Patrol bus approaches on Thursday. Macgregor has previously said that George Soros – a perennial bogeyman for the right – is paying migrants to come in to the United States
Macgregor’s remarks have raised eyebrows in the past.
He was celebrated for his role as a tank commander in the Gulf War – in particular during the Battle of 73 Easting in February 1991, when his men included H.R. McMaster, future National Security Adviser.
He was also known for his controversial theories, arguing that the United States should immediately get out of Iraq, Afghanistan and in later years Syria; pushing for cooperation with Iran; and calling for the disbanding of the Marines.
Military insiders often shied away from his outspoken and inflammatory views, and he was not promoted like McMaster.
He retired from the Army in June 2004 and in recent years has appeared on Fox News as an analyst, and written books on military history.
Trump intended to nominate him as ambassador to Germany, but was talked out of it when CNN’s KFile reported on controversial comments on minorities, Islam, and Germany’s remembrance of the Holocaust.
In November Trump made Macgregor a senior advisor to Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, before he was given the West Point job as one of the six people selected by the president for a three-year term.
The board typically meets three times per year.
In another interview in May, with radio host Joe Piscopo, Macgregor spoke out against allowing women in combat.
‘What we call diversity – in the extreme. In other words, affirmative action programs for every conceivable category of humanity that the left wants to come up with,’ said Macgregor.
‘Whether it’s someone who is a gender neutral or homosexual or whatever else, the left loves to put us into categories and push this.
‘And the people that went along with it and said, ‘sure, let’s put women into the combat forces. Let’s have women everywhere.’ ‘Let’s do whatever we want to do. We’re going to create this brave new world where everyone is the same. There are no differences, nothing matters. So I think that’s where we are.’
Macgregor, in an undated photo from the U.S. Army, said in May that he was against women in the military, accusing the commanders of wanting to create ‘a brave new world where everyone is the same’
Susan Gough, a Pentagon spokesperson, told CNN that West Point had no say who serves on the board.
‘The Army has no input as to who is appointed to the USMA Board of Visitors,’ she said.
‘West Point’s responsibility is to update the Board of Visitors, not administer or appoint it.’
White House spokesperson Andrew Bates condemned Macgregor’s recent remarks, telling CNN: ‘These hateful and grotesque sentiments are antithetical to the values and character of our nation and armed forces – whose standards, excellence, and professionalism are without comparison.’
Bates added: ‘There is absolutely no place in public service for racism, for denigrating the contributions of women in the military, or for religious bigotry.’
A White House official told CNN that Macgregor’s standing on West Point’s Board of Visitors is currently being reviewed.