Gaetz shreds ‘total nonsense’ hearing to root out US military ‘extremism’ while foreign adversaries emboldened
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted Democrats during a House Armed Services Committee hearing focused on identifying and eliminating “extremism” among the ranks while arguing the panel should be more concerned about rising military threats from the nation’s adversaries.
Noting that his district has the highest concentration of active-duty military in the country, Gaetz began, “Respectfully, it is on their behalf that I would categorize this hearing as total nonsense.”
“Today, the Chinese Communist Party is building aircraft carriers and jets that every member of this committee knows threaten to close or eliminate the capability gap. North Korea is perfecting the ability to strike the United States with nuclear weapons. Cartels are hunting the next trafficking routes,” he began. “And here we are hunting for, in the words of one of the witnesses, memes, and keywords,” he continued.
“Today, the House Armed Services Committee is engaged in a review of constitutionally protected expression by our troops,” Gaetz railed. “How utterly weak of us. No wonder the Chinese Communist Party continues to gain ground.”
The Florida Republican went on to claim that the real purpose of the hearing was to “gaslight” U.S. military members who “do not share pre-approved politics.”
“This is not about extremism. It is not about white supremacy. It as about woke supremacy,” Gaetz went on. “It is about converting the military from an apolitical institution to an institution controlled by the political left.”
The hearing was really an attempt to “get us to view our fellow countrymen and women who protect us as somehow ‘evil’, or ‘dangerous’, or a cancer that needs to exorcised,” Gaetz said, adding that the U.S. military is “the most diverse organization” in the country.
Pointing out that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said “99 percent” of men and women in uniform “believe in the oath that they swore to,” Gaetz said there is “a difference between weeding out bad apples who should be removed from the ranks and using the charge of extremism to stigmatize different opinions.”