Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Sen. Tom Cotton have launched a new initiative to prevent ‘woke ideology’ taking hold in the US military.
The Republican politicians announced their joint effort on Saturday, sharing a ‘whistleblower’ form for military members to fill out should they encounter any far-left training materials.
Crenshaw wrote on Twitter Saturday: ‘Enough is enough. We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology. We have just launched a whistleblower webpage where you can submit your story. Your complaint will be legally protected, and go to my office and @SenTomCotton’.
He shared a link to the whistleblower form, and added: ‘For too long, progressive Pentagon staffers have been calling the shots for our warfighters, and spineless military commanders have let it happen. Now we are going to expose you.’
The campaign comes just two weeks after ex-Space Force Commander, Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, claimed that the Pentagon had sent servicemembers a video saying that ‘whites are inherently evil’.
Lohmeier was recently removed from his plum post after blasting diversity and inclusion training in the military as ‘critical race theory rooted in Marxism’.
Crenshaw – a former Navy Seal who lost an eye in combat in Afghanistan, – condemned Lohmeier’s removal, stating at the time: ‘We need to be preparing our warriors to fight and win battles, not how to be (social justice warriors)’.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Sen. Tom Cotton have launched a new initiative to prevent ‘woke ideology’ taking hold in the US military
Crenshaw announced the campaign on Twitter Saturday, sharing a string of messages
The whistleblower form is pictured. Crenshaw wrote: ‘Your complaint will be legally protected, and go to my office and @SenTomCotton’
Lohmeier was ousted after he appeared on a conservative podcast to promote a self-published book titled ‘Irreversible Damage: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest and the Unmaking of the American Military’.
During the podcast he stated: ‘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.’
Lohmeier later told The Washington Times: ‘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 also appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show where he claimed controversial videos ‘were sent out to every base [and] servicemember’ who was ‘asked to watch [them] in preparation for… discussions on race.’
Lohmeier alleged that the videos ‘taught that the country was evil, that it was founded in 1619 and not 1776, and that whites are inherently evil.’
He did not disclose the name of the video.
Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier has been removed from his post after blasting diversity and inclusion training in the military as ‘critical race theory rooted in Marxism’
In addition to Crenshaw and Cotton, other Republican politicians have also expressed alarm about left-wing activism in the military.
Last week, Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers released a statement which read:’ The United States Armed Forces should be focused on preparing to face and win any battles against the threats posed by China and other foreign adversaries and not imposing political beliefs on those who chose to serve in uniform.’
And earlier this month Sen. Ted Cruz blasted the US Army after it released a ‘woke’ recruitment video telling the story of Cpl. Emma Malonelord, a serving soldier who describes how she came to choose a life in the military.
The colorful, animated recruiting clip describes how she defended freedom by attending LGBTQ marches and grew up to join the U.S. Army.
‘People sign up to join the military because they want to keep us safe, they don’t want to sit around a circle, emoting and passing daisies back and forth,’ Cruz stated.
He later contrasted the US Army recruitment video with one from Russia, which showed soldiers leaping from planes and firing weapons in combat.
Cruz said that the U.S. military was the greatest in the world but ‘woke media are trying to turn them into pansies’.
Sen. Ted Cruz blasted the US Army after it released a ‘woke’ recruitment video telling the story of Cpl. Emma Malonelord, a serving soldier who describes how she came to choose a life in the military (pictured)
The colorful, animated recruiting clip describes how she defended freedom by attending LGBTQ marches and grew up to join the U.S. Army
Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson has also claimed that the military has been overtaken by ‘woke’ political activists.
After The Pentagon unveiled its new ‘diversity and inclusion plan’ published by the Special Operations Command back in March, Carlson lashed out, claiming it was evidence that the military has become preoccupied with gender, race, and sexuality.
‘If you’re wondering whether our military leadership has gone woke, consider that question settled for good. The Pentagon is now the Yale faculty lounge, but with cruise missiles,’ Carlson tartly stated.
He implied that the strategic plan appeared likely to prioritize women, people of color and those from the LGBTQ community, even if they were not the most qualified.
‘The one thing we know about that plan is it will result in the dramatic lowering of standards within our elite ranks. It probably already has. How will that make America safer? The generals never said.’
Carlson also railed against recently updated guidelines for maternity flight suits and permissible hair styles.
‘So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits. Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It’s a mockery of the U.S. military,’ Carlson said.
‘While China’s military becomes more masculine as it has assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become, as Joe Biden says, more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore, since men and women no longer exist… Again, this is a mockery of the U.S. military and its core mission, which is winning wars,’ he stated.