Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a Space Force commander who was relieved of his duty after criticizing "Marxist" ideology within the U.S. military, revealed Monday the extent of far-left ideology within American military ranks.
What is the background?
Last week, Military.com first reported that Lohmeier had been relieved of his post as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.
He was fired after appearing on a podcast where he promoted his book, "Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military."
A Space Force spokesman said:
This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast. Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.
What did Lohmeier reveal?
Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Lohmeier explained that, over the past several years, he has witnessed "Marxist ideology parading around by other names."
In fact, Lohmeier told Hannity he witnessed aspects of critical race theory being taught to soldiers while in command over several months.
"There were videos being sent out to every base service member that we were asked to watch in preparation for our extremism down-days and discussions on race in which we were taught that the country was evil, that it was founded in 1619, and not 1776, and that whites are inherently evil," Lohmeier said.
In writing his book and speaking out, Lohmeier said he was just following guidance from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who called on military personnel to root out extremist ideologies within military ranks.
Austin issued a memo in February directing military commanders to conduct an "extremism down-day." According to NPR, the memo came as military commanders sought to address the growing threat of right-wing extremism.
"In the guidance memorandum, he basically gave an injunction to every service member to combat extremist ideologies within the force where they saw them, and to take it upon ourselves to protect one another and to speak up and educate one another about extremist ideologies, when we discovered them causing divisions within the force," Lohmeier said. "And that's me paraphrasing the guidance memorandum."
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In a separate interview with Fox News Digital, Lohmeier denied being political or partisan, instead saying he was simply trying to follow Austin's directive.
"I don't believe I was being partisan. It is not politically partisan to expose or attack critical race theory or Marxism," Lohmeier said. "The reason I say that is because critical race theory and Marxism are antithetical to American values. Critical race theory fuels narratives that attack America's founding documents."
"I'm being misportrayed online — I don't criticize any leader, or any person in the DoD or any elected officials — but I try to tee up ideas that I think are toxic," he added.
Though he has been reassigned, Lohmeier said he has retained his rank.