A US Space Force lieutenant colonel, who was recently relieved of his command, has claimed he is being "misportrayed" online over his Marxism-related comments.
Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado lost his post late last week following his appearance on a podcast in which he advised members not to comply with diversity training because it is based on critical race theory, "which is rooted in Marxism".
While Lohmeier hasn't been discharged from the service, it's unclear what his present assignment is. He had previously been in charge of a unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches.
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Lohmeier said he doesn't believe he "was being partisan" and that "it is not politically partisan to expose or attack critical race theory or Marxism".
"The reason I say that is because Critical Race Theory and Marxism are antithetical to American values. Critical race theory fuels narratives that attack America's founding documents. I'm being misportrayed online – I don't criticise any leader, or any person in the DoD [Department of Defence] or any elected officials – but I try to tee up ideas that I think are toxic", the lieutenant colonel argued.
Critical race theory is an academic movement that emerged in the 1990s that sought to re-emphasise the continuation of racism and racial disparities in US culture and institutions in a direct challenge to the notion of a post-racial society that became popular after the civil rights upheavals of the 1960s and 70s.
Lohmeier's comments followed him appearing on a podcast called "Information Operation" last week to promote his new self-published book, titled "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military".
During the podcast, he said that "our diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we're receiving in the military via that industry are rooted in critical race theory which is rooted in Marxism".
Lohmeier also lashed out at US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin, saying, "I don't demonise the man, but I want to make it clear to both him and every service member this [diversity and inclusion] agenda, it will divide us, it will not unify us".
A Space Force spokesperson said that Whiting relieved Lohmeier of his post "due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead", adding that the decision was based "on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast".
Lt. Col. Lohmeier is a Patriot telling the truth about the attempted wokeification of our military - and worse.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) May 16, 2021
His demotion is clearly retaliatory.
I will be seeking action on this in the Armed Services Committee.
Meanwhile, people should listen to the podcast & buy his book. https://t.co/GjSgyezaSG
The lieutenant colonel's ouster was criticised by Republican representative Matt Gaetz, who described the move as evidence of the "wokeification of our military", and pledged that he would be "seeking action on this in the Armed Services Committee".
Gaetz was echoed by GOP Senator Ted Cruz, who dubbed the decision to oust Lohmeir a "troubling" development.