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Gen. Milley speaks out on ‘woke’ military claims

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley participates in a news briefing at the Pentagon May 6, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/TNS)
August 18, 2023

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently pushed back against criticism that the military has become “woke” due to drag shows and the incorporation of critical race theory, calling it “an overstatement.”

Noting instances like the drag shows held on military bases and discussions around critical race theory, Milley told The Washington Post, “[T]o say that that is, you know, somehow the entire military went woke because a handful of drag queen shows that shouldn’t happen to begin with, I think is an overstatement.”

Milley, who currently holds the top military position in the country, highlighted that the number of drag shows was limited. He said, “I don’t agree with drag queen shows being on military bases. I don’t think that’s appropriate.”

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Milley went on to confirm Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s decision to ban such shows. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) previously applauded the military’s new policy banning drag shows, calling it a “HUGE VICTORY.”

On the subject of critical race theory, a topic that has received extensive attention in both academic and political spheres, Milley clarified, “So agree or disagree with critical race theory, it is not a theory that the Department of Defense or the military is embracing and shoving down people’s throats.”

In the backdrop of these debates is a bigger concern about the politicization of the military. Earlier this year, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) called Milley a “traitor,” adding that House Republicans will investigate his “treasonous sell out to China” and “coup” attempt around the Jan. 6 Capitol storming.

“Remember – we will conduct a real investigation into J6. The effort to attempt a coup between traitor Gen. Mark Milley and Pelosi will be reviewed and exposed,” Gosar tweeted.

“Milleys treasonous sell out to China will be investigated. Pelosi not warning members about intel of impending violence will be exposed,” he added. “Soon, we’ll know the truth.”

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.