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Marco Rubio: ‘The Military is Parroting Woke Nonsense’

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Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., released a report that “details how leaders within the Pentagon are pushing critical race theory, sex reassignment procedures, and identity politics instead of focusing on bolstering our military and tackling the threats facing our nation.”

Rubio teamed up with U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, to produce the report.

“Rather than making the case for American greatness and protecting our nation, the military is parroting woke nonsense. It’s dumb, it doesn’t work, and it’s dangerous. We need to spend more time thinking about how to counter Chinese aircraft carriers and less time thinking about pronouns,” said Rubio

“The Department of Defense’s priority should be training the men and women of our Armed Forces to be a united, lethal, and battle-ready force primed to defend the United States and her interests at a moment’s notice. Instead, Biden’s woke Pentagon is using taxpayer dollars to promote blatant anti-American ideology. It has to stop. We need to end this politicization of our military and keep our Armed Forces focused on defending our national security,” said Roy.

Earlier in the month, Rubio introduced a bill to eliminate the U.S. Department of Defense’s Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) position.

Rubio brought out the “Restoring Military Focus Act” which will end the current CDO position and “prohibit federal funds from being used to establish any similar office.”

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The senator’s office insisted the Pentagon had other, more pressing priorities.

“While Russian aggression, Chinese belligerence, and other threats jeopardize international stability, the Biden administration devotes valuable taxpayer funding and resources to woke diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). As part of this effort, the administration has created a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) position within the DoD,” Rubio’s office insisted.

Nine Republican senators, including U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas, are co-sponsoring the proposal.

“Our military should be focused on protecting our national security, not on promoting woke nonsense. The current direction we are heading in is dangerous. If we don’t reverse course, we risk jeopardizing our military strength, national interests, and security,” said Rubio.

“Americans expect the Department of Defense to focus on maintaining our military as a combat-ready force capable of defeating and killing our enemies. Instead, the Biden administration has transformed the Pentagon into a laboratory for woke policies. The result is breathtakingly irresponsible and reckless,” said Cruz.

The bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and is not expected to garner much headway with Democrats in control of the upper chamber.

Roy introduced a similar bill in the U.S. House back in July 2021.


  • Kevin Derby

    Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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