The Biden administration's Department of Defense was torched online after the agency shared a Twitter post on Sunday claiming that its "diversity" training is a "strategic imperative."
The DOD tweeted a video from its Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion's annual DEI Summit, with the caption, "Diversity is a strategic imperative critical to mission readiness and accomplishment. We were on site for the 2023 inaugural @DoD_ODEI. Summit as DEIA experts led forums to advance the DEIA and DoD mission -- because our people matter."
Elon Musk responded to the post by stating, "Your strategic imperative is defending the United States."
Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton added, "The Left seeks to turn our military into an enforcement arm of the 'Party.'"
Jeremy Redfern, deputy press secretary to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), replied to the DOD's tweet, "Your entire mission is to deter an attack on the US homeland, and if there is a war, to effectively and efficiently destroy the enemies of the United States. That's it."
The summit, which was launched as a part of the Pentagon's diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative, was held February 15-17.
The DOD described the event as including "distinguished presenters and renowned experts in government, higher education, business, science, and technology."
In January 2021, the Biden administration issued an executive order to support racial equity initiatives in the federal government. Last year, the DOD released a 37-page plan to push DEI.
Last week, Biden signed another executive order on "further advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities through the federal government."
"This order builds upon my previous equity-related Executive Orders by extending and strengthening equity-advancing requirements for agencies, and it positions agencies to deliver better outcomes for the American people," the White House stated.
The order stated that the secretary of defense "shall, within 30 days of the date of this order, ensure that they have in place an Agency Equity Team within their respective agencies to coordinate the implementation of equity initiatives and ensure that their respective agencies are delivering equitable outcomes for the American people."
According to Fox News Digital, the agency has spent $91,000 on diversity seminars for the Air Force Band, comprising 184 active-duty members.
Earlier this month, Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana told Fox News Digital that the Pentagon's DEI initiatives peddle a "dangerous message" and teach "anti-Americanism" to service members.
"It's a travesty and it sends a dangerous message to troops and recruits about the Pentagon's priorities and values. Funding poisonous ideologies will destroy our military's readiness and cohesion," Banks stated.
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