Laura Ingraham, a Fox News host, went rogue on her program and criticized a prominent House Republican for appearing on Fox News to speak tough while continuing to vote with Democrats.
During an episode of “The Ingraham Angle,” Ingraham criticized Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner for voting with Democrats to defeat two amendments that would have defunded DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of Defense budget.
By a vote of 30 to 29, the House Armed Services Committee defeated both measures. Turner and Don Bacon, a Republican from Nebraska, were the only two Republicans to vote against the measures alongside Democrats.
“The government has become fat and way too happy with woke – and that includes the Pentagon. During a markup of the National Defense Authorization Act, Republicans – including my next guest – proposed changes that targeted diversity, equity, and inclusion programs,” Ingraham said, before airing a clip of Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz slamming DEI initiatives at a committee hearing.
“Now, one of the amendments Gaetz proposed was to get rid of the Pentagon’s chief diversity officer,” Ingraham said. “Well, it passed, but he wanted to go a step further and eliminate federal funding for all DEI training. That amendment, he says, failed after Republicans joined Democrats to defeat it. Gonna name names.”
Then, Ingraham greeted Gaetz to the program.
“Congressman, we reached out to those two Republicans,” Ingraham said. “And we’re gonna name them. Congressmen Bacon and Turner. Congressman Bacon’s office responded in part, ‘[One] amendment would have totally cut all diversity training for the military, which is unreasonable. All service members should know that racism and sexual harassment are not tolerated in our military.’ That’s a weak response.”
Gaetz responded: “Well, as I explained to Congressman Bacon in the committee, we always have standards in the military that don’t allow people to be racist or harmful to their fellow service members, and none of those standards would have changed. The question is whether or not we ought to have these chief diversity officers, and Laura, they are making as much as $183,000 per year. Compare that to a private in the army or an airman or a sergeant working for our military. I tell you what, if the chief diversity officer is what we need to win wars, maybe we should send them all to the frontlines in Ukraine like now. Get them to Taiwan. But of course that’s not the case. This dilutes our readiness. I’m glad that the structural office has been eliminated, but you always have to follow the money, and that’s why I will continue to pursue efforts to get all of the funding removed.”
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The official website of the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion states: “ODEI is an organization aligned under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) that develops and executes diversity management and equal opportunity policies and programs affecting active duty and reserve component military personnel and DOD civilian employees.” CONTINUE READING…