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Political Purge Of The Armed Forces

Bishop Garrison (Source)

Well, well, well:

The Pentagon official tasked with leading efforts to crack down on extremist views among military servicemembers once asserted that backers of former President Donald Trump were also supporters of racism, misogyny and extremism.

The official, Bishop Garrison, is a senior adviser to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and head of the Pentagon’s Countering Extremism Working Group. Garrison expressed his view in a series of tweets on July 27, 2019.

“Silence from our Congressional leaders is complicity,” Garrison tweeted. “He is only going to get worse from here, & his party and its leadership are watching it happen while doing nothing to stop it. Support for him, a racist, is support for ALL his beliefs.”

“He’s dragging a lot of bad actors (misogynist, extremists, other racists) out into the light, normalizing their actions,” he added. “If you support the President, you support that. There is no room for nuance with this. There is no more “but I’m not like that” talk.”

It is important to note that Garrison tweeted this in 2019, not recently. Nevertheless, it is clear that he believes anyone who supported President Trump — who was at the time Commander In Chief — is a racist. The man who believed that is now the Grand Inquisitor tasked with purging the US armed forces of wrongthinkers.

This is deeply shocking. Garrison must be removed. It is impossible to have confidence in this man to do anything other than lead a purge of Trump supporters. If this is where the woke US military is headed, our country is in deep trouble. There will be millions who will not serve in a politicized military. They shouldn’t. I say that as someone who was for the most part not a Trump supporter.

This is not something happening in isolation, I believe. There is going to be a broader purging of wrongthinkers, even in private life. Woke capitalists will keep it quiet, but they will use the information they gather from mining legally available data to carry out the purge.

UPDATE: I understand that Revolver News broke the story. Here’s a link to their piece. Credit where credit is due.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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