Tom Cotton Talks to Biden’s Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin About Pentagon’s ‘Diversity’ Trainingtraining
sen. Tom Cotton claimed he had received hundreds of whistleblower complaints when he challenged Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin over the Pentagon’s diversity training, which he described as “anti-American indoctrination.”
He repeatedly fired America’s first black secretary of defense when Austin tried to provide context on anti-racism training in the armed forces during a Senate hearing.
Cotton has been a staunch opponent of the effort and has introduced a bill to ban the military’s so-called critical race theory.
And he set up a website for whistleblower complaints earlier this month.
At the hearing, he listed some of the reported examples. He said a naval officer claimed that military history education had been replaced by lessons on police brutality.
And another said his unit was tasked with reading White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo, who was criticized for putting white Americans on the defensive.
‘Mr. Minister, we’re hearing reports of plummeting morale, growing mistrust between races and genders that didn’t exist six months ago, and unexpected retirements and divorces based on this training alone,” Cotton said.
sen. Tom Cotton claimed to have received hundreds of complaints from armed forces personnel complaining about diversity training. “We’re hearing reports of plummeting morale, growing mistrust between races and genders that didn’t exist six months ago, and unexpected retirements and divorces based on this training alone,” he said.
Cotton repeatedly interrupted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin as he tried to answer questions about diversity training, which the senator dismissed as ‘anti-American indoctrination’
With Representative Dan Crenshaw, Cotton last month launched a whistleblower form for military members to report anything they deemed far-left training material.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: The divisive concept that portrays racism as the bedrock of American institutions
The battle over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the past year.
The theory has sparked fierce national debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests across the country over the past year and the introduction of the 1619 project.
Published in 2019 by the New York Times to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, the 1619 Project reframes American history through “the impact of slavery and the contributions of black Americans to the center of the US. story’.
The debate surrounding the critical race theory concerns concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Opponents of the critical race theory have argued that it reduces people to categories of “privileged” or “oppressed” based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism as it examines the ways in which race affects American politics, culture and the law.
“And again, these are not my words. These are the words of your own troops.’
He then asked yes or no whether the secretary believed the armed forces to be a “racist organisation.”
“I won’t give you a yes-or-no answer to that, Senator, because it deserves more than a yes or no,” Austin said.
“The military, like any organization, will have its challenges, but I don’t believe it is a fundamentally racist organization.”
He was cut off by Cotton, who then reiterated his demand for a yes-or-no answer about where service personnel should be treated differently based on gender or skin color.
“Again, this question deserves more than a yes-or-no answer,” Austin replied.
Pushed, he said, “I don’t believe that, which is why we have diversity, equality and inclusion in the military.”
Cotton took exception.
“This isn’t about diversity, this is about a very specific kind of anti-US indoctrination that is seeping into some parts of our military based on the whistleblower complaints we’ve received,” he said.
Cotton went on to claim that the Pentagon’s reading lists contain publications on “critical racial theories” — a way of understanding American history as a history of racism.
He asked whether Austin agreed with a quote from How to be an Antiracist by Ibrahm X. Kendi that the “only remedy for past discrimination is present discrimination.”
“I didn’t read that and I certainly don’t agree with what you just said, but I—” he said before Cotton tried to cut him off.
“It’s always important to have the full context of anything you’re asked to evaluate,” he continued.
Austin has emphasized the importance of tackling extremism in the armed forces after veterans were arrested following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
But he comes under attack and finds himself on the front lines of the country’s cultural wars, targeted by conservatives who see efforts to build a more diverse fighting force as a wake-up exercise.
sen. Ted Cruz caused a viral row when he shared an animated recruiting video telling the story of how Emma Malonelord grew up with two mothers, marching with LQBTQ campaigners before joining the US military.
The ad shows an animated Corporal Emma Malonelord (pictured) attending a gay rights parade in a video that sparked an argument over the future of the US military. Senator Ted Cruz said it showed how Democrats and the “awakened media” turned soldiers into “violets” in comments that sparked accusations that he was trolling US troops
He accused “awakened leftist bureaucrats” of turning the military into “violets.”
“Holy crap,” Cruz said, sharing a mashup of the video with another clip featuring a shaved Russian male soldier. “Maybe an awakened, emasculated army isn’t the best idea…”
Last month, Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Cotton issued a whistleblower form for military members to report anything they saw as far-left training material.
Crenshaw wrote on Twitter: ‘Enough is enough. We are not dropping our military to shake up ideology. We have just launched a whistleblower webpage where you can submit your story. Your complaint is protected by law and go to my office and @SenTomCotton’.
He shared a link to the whistleblower form, adding: “For too long, progressive Pentagon staffers have been calling the shots to our fighters, and spineless military commanders have let it happen. Now we’re going to expose you.’