Top Pentagon Leaders Defend Critical Race Theory in Congressional Hearing

The top two leaders of the Biden Administration’s Department of Defense defended the far-left idea of Critical Race Theory in a congressional hearing on Tuesday, criticizing Republican lawmakers who have called out such propaganda in recent weeks, Breitbart reports.

“I personally find it offensive,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said, “that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, non-commissioned officers of being ‘woke’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there.” Milley was testifying alongside Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, a former Raytheon executive.

Congressman Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) at one point cited a letter from the superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, which confirmed that Critical Race Theory – the debunked conspiracy which claims, among other things, that America is an inherently racist nation and that all White people are automatically racist – was being taught at the academy, including holding lectures on “Whiteness and White rage.” Austin backed down when presented with this evidence, admitting that “that is something that should not occur again.”

But Milley openly defended the idea of Critical Race Theory, saying “I want to understand white rage, and I’m white.” He then gave a false description of the mostly peaceful protests that took place at the United States Capitol on January 6th, describing it as an effort to “assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America,” suggesting that so-called “white rage” was a motivation behind the anti-voter fraud protests that day.

At one point in the hearing, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) asked Austin if the Department of Defense has “a clear definition of extremism,” reminding Austin of his confirmation testimony in which he claimed that as Secretary, he would root out such “extremists” from the military. Austin refused to answer the question, instead saying that they were “focused on extremist behavior. Not what people think or political ideas or religious ideas, but extremist behavior.” When Hartzler repeated her question, Austin punted once more by simply repeating “Again, we’re focused on behavior.”

When Hartzler pressed further and asked how Austin had been able to order an entire day of “extremism training” in the armed forces despite not having a definition, Austin stammered through his answer without answering the question: “The purpose was to, to, to help – to have a discussion with, with our troops and our leaders on the issue [of] extremism…And, and, again, we were focused on those behaviors that don’t, that are not in congruence with, with our values in the military.”

Despite Austin and Milley’s claims, it has been widely confirmed that Critical Race Theory is being taught already in many institutions of the United States military. A virtual meeting was recently held by the Board of Visitors at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where a far-left extremist openly proposed teaching Critical Race Theory to the cadets. The Acting Secretary of the Navy has proposed a plan to implement “diversity, equity, and inclusion” training in the Navy, and the official recommended reading list for the Navy has recently been updated to include far-left “anti-racist” books that contain numerous anti-White declarations.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - MAY 06: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin participates in a news briefing at the Pentagon May 6, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia. Secretary Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General. Mark Milley held the briefing to answer questions from members of the media. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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