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Republican lawmakers, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw launched a campaign this week urging whistleblowers in the armed forces to expose progressive diversity training programs, some of which have reportedly deemed white people “inherently evil.”
“We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology,” Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, promised Friday in a tweet that linked to a page where informants can submit their stories — a form on his website which says submissions will be shared with Cotton’s office.
“For too long, progressive Pentagon staffers have been calling the shots for our warfighters,” according to Crenshaw, who said that “with written permission,” he and Cotton — both military veterans– “will anonymously publish egregious complaints on social media” in order to “tell the country what’s happening in our military.”
The effort followed Cotton’s Thursday meeting with Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, the former Space Force commander who was relieved of his duties after claiming that Marxism is invading the military through diversity, inclusion and equity training courses required by higher-ups in the Pentagon.
“I was concerned by what I heard and will be pressing senior military leaders for answers,” Cotton, a former Army captain, tweeted.
Some critics warned that the effort could expose whistleblowers to legal jeopardy.
“They’ll have zero whistleblower protections if they do what Crenshaw and Cotton are asking them to do,” lawyer John Aravosis tweeted Saturday. “It’s incredibly reckless.”
And pranksters took aim at the initiative.
“Filling out the whistleblower form now!” tweeted Sage Rafferty over a screenshot of the form that had been filled in with the phrase “Dan Crenshaw is a Disgraceful Idiot” in place of a legitimate name and address.
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