Matt Gaetz blasted the Secretary of Defense regarding ‘woke’ military, according to The Bizpac Review.

“We do not teach critical race theory. We don’t embrace critical race theory, and I think that’s a spurious conversation. And so we are focused on extremist behaviors. And not ideology, not people’s thoughts, not people’s political orientation,” Austin stated.

“I have gotten 10 times that amount of input — 50 times that amount of input — on the other side that have said, ‘Hey, we’re we’re glad to have had the ability to have a conversation with ourselves and with our leadership, and that’s what we need to make sure we remain a cohesive organization.’”

“It may be that you’re receiving that input in the ratios you describe because it was your directive. It may be that people are concerned about criticizing your decision because Lt. Col. Lohmeier was not relieved of his command for his actions.”

“He was not relieved of his command because of poor performance regarding his duties. He was relieved of his command precisely because of his thoughts and because of his critique of critical race theory.”

“It is particularly helpful that you have said that the Department of Defense does not embrace critical race theory and that you think the discussion is not appropriate. I would suggest that it is the ideology that is not appropriate,” Gaetz stated.

“The United States Military Academy is a university and it is important that we train and we understand.”

“I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?”

“It is particularly concerning to me that you have hired a critical race theorist to give you advice on personnel matters and that person is Bishop Garrison,” Gaetz said.

“We do not teach critical race theory. We don’t embrace critical race theory, and I think that’s a spurious conversation. And so we are focused on extremist behaviors. And not ideology, not people’s thoughts, not people’s political orientation.”

“I have gotten 10 times that amount of input — 50 times that amount of input — on the other side that have said, ‘Hey, we’re we’re glad to have had the ability to have a conversation with ourselves and with our leadership, and that’s what we need to make sure we remain a cohesive organization,’” Austin replied.

“It may be that you’re receiving that input in the ratios you describe because it was your directive. It may be that people are concerned about criticizing your decision because Lt. Col. Lohmeier was not relieved of his command for his actions.”

“He was not relieved of his command because of poor performance regarding his duties. He was relieved of his command precisely because of his thoughts and because of his critique of critical race theory.”

“It is particularly helpful that you have said that the Department of Defense does not embrace critical race theory and that you think the discussion is not appropriate. I would suggest that it is the ideology that is not appropriate,” Gaetz said.

“The United States Military Academy is a university and it is important that we train and we understand.”

“I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?”

“It is particularly concerning to me that you have hired a critical race theorist to give you advice on personnel matters and that person is Bishop Garrison.”

“We will continue to face the nation-ending threat of white supremacy and white nationalist extremism unless we invest in Combating Violent Extremism (CVE) programs, which this administration has cut, and find the courage to have honest-to-God difficult, uncomfortable conversations in our homes and communities about our history of race and privilege in America and how it has shaped our lives today.”

“While pundits clutch pearls and attempt to convince us that the 1619 Project is a lie, that it’s really white society under attack, and that we’re in a post-racial society because we once had a black man as president, more radicalized white supremacists will shoot up schools, markets, stores, and places of worship to assert their ideology.”

“While you testify publicly to our committee that the department doesn’t embrace critical race theory, you have hired someone who is precisely a critical race theorist,” Gaetz noted.

“This is the first I’ve ever heard Mr. Garrison be described as a critical race theorist, so this is new.”

From The BizPac Review:

In other words, it’s possible that so many service members are praising the defense secretary’s decisions because they’re afraid of him.

“It is particularly helpful that you have said that the Department of Defense does not embrace critical race theory and that you think the discussion is not appropriate. I would suggest that it is the ideology that is not appropriate,” Gaetz added.

The problem is that Austin’s claim can easily be debunked. In fact, it was effectively debunked minutes later when Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended the military’s teaching of CRT.

He said specifically that “on the issue of critical race theory,” it’s “important actually for those of us in inform to be open-minded and widely read.”

“The United States Military Academy is a university and it is important that we train and we understand,” he said.

He added that he thinks critical race theory is somehow representative of real American history.

“I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?” he said.