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Dem Congressman: Republicans “Undermine Public Trust in the Military” by Questioning West Point CRT Indoctrination

Dem Congressman: Republicans “Undermine Public Trust in the Military” by Questioning West Point CRT Indoctrination

Democrat Congressman claims CRT not being taught at West Point and only discussed by Republicans interested in “scoring political points or what’s gonna get you more likes on Twitter or hits on Fox News”

As we reported in July of last year after extensive study, critical race theory has “established a beachhead” at the military service academies, including the United States Military Academy at West Point.

In December, we held a live seminar called Saving the Military Service Academies from Wokeness with former Space Force Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lohmeier, author of the bestselling book, Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military,  published in May 2021. For publishing and speaking publicly about his book, then-Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier was relieved of his command and subjected to an Inspector General investigation within the Pentagon. Lohmeier then joined veteran-led nonprofit group STARRS (Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services) and actively works to educate Americans about the dangers of racist and radical ideologies infiltrating our military. The video from the event is here:

We have also repeatedly reported on critical race theory’s inroads specifically at West Point here:

We have documented West Point’s incorporation of CRT into its current curriculum at As we show in the West Point section of the database, slides used for cadet training reference ‘Modern Day Slavery,’ ‘Racial Inequality and Slavery,’ ‘Whiteness’ as ‘Race Privilege,’ ‘How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs,’ ‘Queer Theory,’ and ‘Critical Race Theory.'” “Cadets at West Point are required to attend a mandatory seminar…covering ‘White Power at West Point’ and ‘Understanding Whiteness and White Rage.'”

Congressman Mike Waltz (R-Fla.), alarmed at these discoveries and after doing some digging himself, “said in a letter to the West Point superintendent, “Additionally, I understand that on September 24, 2020 the entire corps of cadets was required to report to Michie Stadium for your address as Superintendent and to hear from a cadet panel. In this session, an active duty female colonel described to the Corps how she become ‘woke’ to her white privilege, and felt guilty for the advantages of her race. At this same assembly, white police officers were described as murderers with no context or court documents provided to corroborate the anecdotes of police brutality.”

But, this is all a big mistake according to Congressman Pat Ryan (D-N.Y.), whose district encompasses West Point. In an interview with, Ryan “warn[ed] Republicans against using the military academies in their planned war on ‘wokeness’ [and] argued political attacks such as GOP accusations of ‘critical race theory’ infiltrating the military academies undermine public trust in the military and distract from preparing the services to compete with China.”

‘Especially at a time of great global risk and change and uncertainty between China and Russia and everything else, we need to be the adults in the room here. We need to be the ones thinking not about scoring political points or what’s gonna get you more likes on Twitter or hits on Fox News[.]

I have zero time for the political distractions and BS, and I will very aggressively call that out,’ he added. ‘The ultimate irony to me, a lot of people calling this out haven’t spent a single day in uniform, and I think that certainly shows in how they’ve conducted themselves.’

These statements led to a sharp rebuke from STARRS President and CEO Ronald J. Scott, Jr., Ph.D. a retired United States Air Force Colonel who signed an “Open Letter” addressing the issue:

Evidence of ‘critical race theory’ has already been established…The loss of public trust stems from legitimate concerns about the actual infiltration of this ideology, advanced and enforced by diversity and inclusion officers and NCOs. The US Air Force Academy has 90 cadets wearing purple diversity and inclusion armbands throughout the wing at the squadron, group, and wing levels.

The Left has latched on to CRT and DEI to divide Americans into oppressors and the oppressed.

Dismissing the domestic ideological threat merely exacerbates our vulnerability to the external threat.

As the representative for a district that harbors a critical institution designed to produce officers to counter external threats, we strongly encourage you to more closely examine the ideological threat that has infiltrated your alma mater.

The Open Letter was also signed by Lieutenant General Robert D. Bishop, Jr., United States Air Force (retired), Chairman of STARRS, and Major General Joseph W. Arbuckle, United States Army (retired), Vice Chairman of STARRS.

As a 31-year military veteran and former Commanding Officer of USS Toledo (SSN-769), an improved Los Angeles class attack submarine, my take is that CRT and its inherently divisive rhetoric have no place at West Point or any other military education facility, including my alma mater, the United States Naval Academy.


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We are screwed…

You can tell Cogressman Ryan is a leftist who doesn’t really want to debate his position when he threw out the “chicken hawk” argument to shut down opponents:

“…a lot of people calling this out haven’t spent a single day in uniform…”

After taking a look at the current status, this Army retiree would not join today, nor recommend his children or grandchildren join an organization that spends its time trying to convince half its members the other half hates them instead of focusing on training to fight and win wars.

    Dathurtz in reply to Idonttweet. | February 16, 2023 at 8:05 am

    That’s the problem. The military can still recruit plenty of useless people who can’t do their task. They still get some people desperate enough to sign for the huge bonuses. However, they are falling so far behind in recruiting the type of person that is the backbone of actually getting things done, that there is a lot of worry. Fixing the cause of that isn’t something they are willing to do, so they just demonize people who point out the problem.

      Eric R. in reply to Dathurtz. | February 16, 2023 at 2:15 pm

      Actually, the military is looking to hire very highly motivated people – Antifa and BLM types who would be all to eager to fire on what the military now considers to be the enemy – patriotic Americans.

      They see the Tiananmen Square massacre as a model to be emulated.

The trouble is that they’ll be turning out classes of wimps and femboys. Real men won’t go there.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | February 16, 2023 at 8:01 am

The public’s trust has to be earned. A congressman should know this.

Pat Ryan is either an idiot or a liar.
In either case, he’s a Democrat, so the distinction is meaningless..

Congressman Ryan is an apologist for the woke military and loves taxpayers dollars being used to brainwash future military leaders

John Gault was white. And, he isn’t just disappearing. He is being forced out for being competent.

When public events feature the so-called “black national anthem,” when the Dumb-o-crats have spent decades dividing Americans by every conceivable personal and physical trait, when the Dumb-0-crats’ dishonest, corrosive, myopic and retrospective racial obsessions, demagoguery and perpetual grievance-mongering are clearly tearing this country apart — then, concerns about CRT, “diversity, equity and inclusion,” “affirmative action” and the rest of the Dumbs’ cancerous racial agitprop are totally legitimate and valid.

Has anyone seen General Milley and Admiral Levine together at the same time?

I don’t think Ryan’s ‘pay no attention to the man behind the curtain’ argument is gonna convince any detractors. The chicken hawk charge is not really applicable here; CRT, DEI ESG principles are not limited to the military. What he’s effectively doing is invoking a form of ‘credential privilege’ to eliminate debate.

When I was in the military our sole job was to kill people and break things. Not feel good about getting you backside kicked.

CRT, or any related ilk, is against the very purpose of West Point and the other service academies. It violates the principles upon which our professional officer corps is founded. Period.

(This also isn’t anything new. The “march through the institutions” was already happening at these institutions in the late 80s.)

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Let’s all agree, the CCP and the Chinese military are wasting NO time, energy or resources on this crap.

I lost confidence in the military when that treasonous Milley said he would call China to let them know what was going on if Trump tried to take action against China–it’s been downhill ever since.

Capitalist-Dad | February 16, 2023 at 1:49 pm

The Democrat Reich is always defending the indefensible. Yeah, use CRT—pure ideological garbage—to teach young officers that America sucks. What can go wrong?

At its core, this is an absolute failure of leadership by the joint chiefs.

    texansamurai in reply to Sailor77. | February 16, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    At its core, this is an absolute failure of leadership by the joint chiefs

    and the c-in-c

    Gosport in reply to Sailor77. | February 16, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Actually, it’s an absolute victory by a series of Dem Presidents who packed the senior military ranks and Pentagon with their disciples and a Rep one who was distracted from doing anything about it.

French Trust in the French Army was extremely high in 1940.

Russian trust in the Russian Army was 100% with a gulag in your future if you suggested there was a problem the day before Barbarossa

Italian trust in the Italian Army was high the day before the Mussolini declared war on Britain and France and found an army unwilling to fight a war of aggression without a reason against an enemy that was effectively crushing them with artillery.

The cult of the uniform has historically meant unprepared forces failed.

It also is a virus that America caught and was never intended to be our political tradition.

A professional army with political allegiance to one party in a two party system shouldn’t be trusted.

Pushing CRT with Democrats means you are part of the two party system, we should drop the cult of the general and return to the civic religion we have historically had.

It is the military’s own actions which lead to the American people losing confidence. I am awaiting, with disgust, the appointment of Sam Brinton to the Joint Chiefs position.

Capitalist-Dad | February 17, 2023 at 9:20 am

Would this be the military run by showboaters like Thoroughly Modern Milley who covers himself from neck to crotch in medals but who can’t win a war—preferring instead to focus on pronouns and fashionable trans uniforms? Why should anyone respect that?

Will the magazine bans extend to the military resulting in an eventual use of single-shot muskets?

Deeply disturbing in the Congressman’s rebuke against Republicans who raise issues about CRT is a disdain for openness and transparency. Those who are woke seem to be dedicated to keeping CRT indoctrination as quiet as possible and certainly don’t want its use debated. The public needs to know what is happening at West Point and with its military.

It is amazing how some people get things backwards.

Questioning West Point CRT Indoctrination does not “Undermine Public Trust in the Military”.

It is the CRT Indoctrination that does the undermining!

CRT undermines my trust in the military. The preferences given to women so they meet fitness standards undermines my trust in the military. The racial pandering and intentional, leftist-created divisiveness undermines my trust in the military.