May 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Space Force commander fired following comments on Marxism and diversity

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A commander in the Space Force was removed from his post on Friday following comments he made while promoting his self-published book, which argues that Marxist ideologies are becoming common in the military, reports Military.com.

The big picture: During an appearance on The Steve Gruber prodcast this month, Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier said that since becoming a commander he has witnessed "fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives of what America was, is and should be," proliferate through the U.S. military, according to CNN.

  • "I had recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature," he added.
  • When pressed for an example, he mentioned the The New York Times' 1619 project —which has drawn Republican ire — and said it was "un-American," per CNN.

Then, during an appearance on the "Information Operation" podcast last week, Lohmeier decried what he perceived as the infiltration of leftist ideologies through American society, including in the media, universities, and the military, per Military.com.

  • He added that diversity and inclusion trainings are divisive.

What they're saying: "This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast," a Space Force spokesperson told Military.com, adding that an investigation has been opened on "whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity."

  • A Defense Department official told CNN that the decision was taken due to a "loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead."
  • Lohmeier told Military.com he had consulted with his superiors and sought legal clearance before releasing the book.

"I was apprised of the option to have my book reviewed at the Pentagon's prepublication and security review prior to release, but was also informed that it was not required," Lohmeier said.

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