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A Space Force Commander Was Fired After Criticizing 1619 Project on Conservative Podcast

Matthew Lohmeier, a Lieutenant Colonel, was fired by the Air Force for making politically charged statements on Steve Gruber’s podcast.

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A big talking point for today’s Conservative media is that racism no longer exists in the United States. The 1619 project, a study of slavery conducted by the New York Times especially angers those on the right. During his podcast appearance, Lohmeier ripped into the project.

He told Gruber, “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.”

The former Space Force Commander then said he was specifically talking about the 1619 Project. He continued, “It teaches intensive teaching that I heard at my base — that at the time the country ratified the United States Constitution, it codified White supremacy as the law of the land. If you want to disagree with that, then you start (being) labeled all manner of things including racist.”

The military does not allow its members to make partisan political statements. And for breaking that policy, Lohmeier has been fired. The Defense Department told CNN:

“Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead. This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast. Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.”



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