After granting interviews in which he discussed his book on the spread of critical race theory (CRT) and Marxism and the United States military, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lohmeier was shockingly relieved of his Space Force duties, as Breitbart reports, in a move that seems to confirm the very concerns he highlighted.
Lohmeier was reportedly dismissed from his post as commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron by Air Force Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting after at least two appearances meant to promote the book he authored, titled, Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military. A Space Force spokesperson said Whiting had launched a probe of whether Lohmeier’s remarks “constituted a prohibited partisan political activity.”
During a discussion on the Information Operation podcast last week, Lohmeier outlined the main points of his book and leveled criticism at Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, as Fox Business noted. As part of that push, back in February Austin ordered a “stand down” in which commanders were charged with investigating and addressing “extremism” in their ranks, a move largely seen as targeting conservative servicemembers.
“What you see happening in the U.S. military at the moment is that if you’re a conservative, then you’re lumped into a group of people who are labeled extremists, if you’re willing to voice your views. And if you’re aligned with the Left, then its OK to be an activist online because no one’s gonna hold you accountable,” the former Space Force official declared, according to the Washington Examiner.
Lohmeier blasted Austin’s directive and similar programmatic changes within the military, saying, “The diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military…is rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism.”
While Lohmeier emphasizsed that he does not necessarily believe that senior military leaders have “ill motives” in furthering diversity and inclusion initatives, he said that “if we pursue this agenda, it will divide us. It will not unify us,” as Breitbart added.
In an interview with Military.com, Lohmeier stated, “My intent never has been to engage in partisan politics. I have written a book about a particular political ideology in the hope that our Defense Department might return to being politically non-partisan in the future as it has honorably done throughout history.”
Republican reaction to Lohmeier’s dismissal from his post was swift and searing, with Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) opining on Twitter, “Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier is a hero, not only for putting on the uniform every day to defend our nation but also to defend the freedoms of the leftist mob attempting to cancel him. CRT should have no place in our classrooms, Armed Forces, or country as a whole.”
As of early Monday morning, Lohmeier’s book had soared to the top position on Amazon’s bestseller list, so as regrettable as his removal from his Space Force duties assuredly is, it appears that the officer’s prospects remain bright, indeed.