Laura Ingraham attacks U.S. military leadership for defending diversity

At a House Armed Services hearing on June 23, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley dismissed concerns from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) about “critical race theory.”

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Citation From a June 23, 2021, C-Span coverage of the House Armed Services Committee hearing

GENERAL MARK MILLEY (CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF): First of all, on the issue of critical race theory, et cetera, I’ll obviously have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is, but I do think it’s important actually for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read. And the United States Military Academy is a university and it is important that we train and we understand. And I want to understand white rage and I’m white, and I want to understand it. So what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out. I want to maintain an open mind here, and I do want to analyze it. It’s important that we understand that because our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and guardians, they come from the American people. So it is important that the leaders now and in the future do understand it.

I've read Mao Tse Tung. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend? And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, non-commissioned officers of being quote woke or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there. That was started at Harvard Law School years ago. And it proposed that there were laws in the United States, antebellum laws prior to the Civil War that led to a power differential with African-Americans that were three-quarters of a human being when this country was formed. And then we had a Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation to change it. And we brought it up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took another a hundred years to change that.

So look, I do want to know, and I respect your service. And you and I are both Green Berets, but I want to know, and it matters to our military and the discipline and cohesion of this military. And I thank you for the opportunity to make a comment on that.

Gaetz' line of questioning used Fox News talking points.

Indeed later that night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham railed against Gen. Milley and the military:

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Citation From the June 23, 2021, edition of Fox News' The Ingraham Angle

LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Somehow I don't think General Milley would ever speak in this dismissive tone that he took today to his Chinese counterparts. Not the way he spoke to Congressman Waltz. I have a question for the General: Why would anyone risk his or her life for a country that's systemically racist? One that brutalizes minorities. Why would any country respect us or follow our lead if that's who we are? Those are some of the questions he should probably think about before he touts the value of teaching far left Marxist, racist ideology to our troops.