A retired Army colonel who was appointed to the West Point Board of Visitors by Donald Trump at the end of his term in office is spreading a conspiracy theory that President Joe Biden’s administration is bringing non-White immigrants into the United States as part of a “grand plan” to have them outnumber White Americans of European ancestry.
Douglas Macgregor also has attacked women serving in military combat roles. He comments in April and May were uncovered by CNN’s KFile. Before Trump appointed him to the military academy post, Macgregor was a senior official in the Department of Defense, where he was tasked with the job of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Previously he had been nominated to be Trump’s ambassador to Germany but his nomination did not get a hearing after KFile unearthed controversial comments about minorities, Islam and Germany’s remembrance of the Holocaust. After leaving his Pentagon post he became a frequent radio and television commentator on Fox News and Russia Today (RT).
“I think they’ve got control of it,” Macgregor said on New York local radio in late April, when asked about the situation on the US-Mexico border. “There’s no question about it. But their idea of control is to bring in as many people as they possibly can, as quickly as possible, from anywhere in the world, frankly. But preferably from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and some, some portions of Asia, but not many.”
White House spokesperson Andrew Bates condemned Macgregor’s recent remarks, telling CNN, “These hateful and grotesque sentiments are antithetical to the values and character of our nation and armed forces–whose standards, excellence, and professionalism are without comparison.”
“There is absolutely no place in public service for racism, for denigrating the contributions of women in the military, or for religious bigotry,” said Bates.
A White House official told CNN that Macgregor’s standing on West Point’s Board of Visitors is currently being reviewed.