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Matt Gaetz Doubles Down, Attacks Military Again, After General Contradicts Him

In Wednesday’s hearing before the House Committee on Armed Services, General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took a minute to respond to some of the claims from Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and others. He said that in fact, he does believe that addressing “white rage” and America’s history of institutional racism is important to the military, and that it’s offensive that some ideologues insist on maligning an educational facility for teaching facts.

UNITED STATES – JUNE 23: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., arrives for the House Armed Services Committee hearing titled The Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense, in Rayburn Building on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, and General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Apparently, this was too much for Gaetz, who had to fire back in a series of tweets, not only doubling down on his characterization of the military as “woke” (like awareness is a bad thing) but attacking Milley himself, saying that Generals like him are why “we’ve fought considerably more wars than we’ve won.”

Here’s the clip where General Milley affirms that it is, in fact, important to learn about the history of white supremacy, and to address the current effects of white rage, including the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building carried out on behalf of Donald Trump by his supporters.

Now, here’s Matt Gaetz beginning to double down, first retweeting a Breitbart reporter’s description of an exchange in which the Secretary of Defense is challenged for the appointment of Bishop Garrison as advisor. Gaetz is quoted as calling Garrison a critical race theorist, and Secretary Lloyd Austin is quoted as saying he’s never heard Garrison described that way. Gaetz retweets it as ‘receipts’ somehow proving that the Department of Defense is ‘woke.’

That’s not enough, though. Sharing CSPAN footage of Milley saying it’s offensive to use ‘woke’ as a derogatory term for the military, Gaetz shoots back that he’s more offended at the military being ‘woke.’

Still, even that doesn’t go far enough — Gaetz feels the need to directly attack General Milley, seeming to blame him (and other generals who support anti-racism education, perhaps) for U.S. military losses.

Gaetz and others have been lashing out at the military since Trump left office, complaining about diversity and inclusion training as well as acceptance of transgender troops.



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