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Mike Pompeo slams CIA’s ‘woke agenda’ after ad featuring ‘cisgender millennial’

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Sipa USA/TNS)
May 05, 2021

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the CIA’s “woke agenda” on Tuesday after the latest agency recruitment advertisement featured a “cisgender millennial.”

“When I was Director of the CIA, we valued individuals based on their talent and skill, not their race or sexuality,” Pompeo tweeted. “I’ll never forget what one female analyst said to me: ‘Thank you for valuing me for my work. I want my abilities and achievements to define me, not my sexuality.’”

He continued, “The collection of incredibly talented patriots serving America at the CIA is what makes it the best spy agency in the world — and we must continue to recruit the best and brightest. We can’t afford to risk our national security to appease some liberal, woke agenda.”

The ad being criticized by Pompeo, which was originally released March 25, profiles an unnamed 36-year-old “woman of color” who describes herself as “intersectional” and someone who has “been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.”

“I am a woman of color. I am a mom. I am a cisgender millennial who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise,” the agent says in the advertisement. “I am a walking declaration, a woman whose inflection does not rise at the end of her sentences suggesting that a question has been asked.”

“I refuse to internalize misguided, patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be,” she later adds.

The recruitment ad doesn’t address the necessary qualifications to be a CIA agent or what the job involves.

Pompeo was joined by other high-profile conservatives in mocking the ad, including former President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who said the CIA went “full woke.”

“China & Russia are laughing their asses off watching CIA go full woke. ‘Cisgender.’ ‘Intersectional.’ It’s like @TheBabylonBee is handling CIA’s comms,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “If you think about it, wokeness is the kind of twisted PSYOP a spy agency would invent to destroy a country from the inside out.”

Former CIA operations officer Bryan Dean Wright also weighed in on the controversial video, asserting that politicizing the agency makes America “less safe.”

“The CIA used to be about mission to country. (I speak from experience) Now it’s now about demanding — and getting — accommodation to fix an emotional wound or advance a personal agenda,” Wright tweeted. “America is less safe with this new CIA, and dangerously more political.”