Who is Matthew Lohmeier? Space Force commander fired after he claims 'Marxism is infiltrating military'
Lohmeier went on to back up his theory by criticizing The New York Times’ 1619 project as fundamentally un-American
A lieutenant colonel in the newly formed US Space Force has reportedly been fired from his position and will be investigated after he made claims on a podcast that “Marxism” is infiltrating the military.
Last week Lt Col Matthew Lohmeier joined The Steve Gruber show to discuss his new book, 'Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military,' which alleges that Marxist ideologies are becoming widespread within the armed forces. He has self-published the book online, as reported by Military.com. His book claims that “neo-Marxist” ideologies are “spreading throughout the United States military.” He was heard saying on the podcast: “Since taking command as a [Space Force] commander about 10 months ago, I saw what I consider fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives of what America was, is and should be. That wasn’t just prolific in social media, or throughout the country during this past year, but it was spreading throughout the United States military. And I had recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature.”
In addition, he also said that The New York Times’ 1618 Project on slavery in the US was “anti-American.” Of the Pulitzer prize-winning project, he said: “It teaches intensive teaching that I heard at my base -- that at the time the country ratified the United States Constitution, it codified White supremacy as the law of the land. If you want to disagree with that, then you start (being) labeled all manner of things including racist.”
A Defence Department spokesman told CNN that he had been removed from his post on Friday, May 14 due to a “loss of trust” and an investigation has been launched into whether it broke the military ban on partisan politics. They said: “Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead. This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast. Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.”
Lohmeier, based in the space missile warning squadron in Colorado and who received a Thanksgiving call from former president Donald Trump last year, has not commented publically but has tweeted links to articles claiming his removal is “outrageous.”
Space Force was created by former president Trump in 2019 as the sixth brand of the US Armed Forces and the first new military service since the Air Force in 1947. At that time, Trump called it “the world’s newest war-fighting domain” that would protect the US from a space invasion, but it was widely mocked at the time by media and late-night hosts.
The lieutenant colonel was defended by Republican representative, Matt Gaetz, of Florida, on Twitter. Gaetz tweeted: "Lt. Col. Lohmeier is a Patriot telling the truth about the attempted wokeification of our military - and worse. His demotion is clearly retaliatory. I will be seeking action on this in the Armed Services Committee. Meanwhile, people should listen to the podcast & buy his book."
Lt. Col. Lohmeier is a Patriot telling the truth about the attempted wokeification of our military - and worse.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) May 16, 2021
His demotion is clearly retaliatory.
I will be seeking action on this in the Armed Services Committee.
Meanwhile, people should listen to the podcast & buy his book. https://t.co/GjSgyezaSG
Other conservative supporters, including alt-right activist Jack Posobiec, said that it was evidence that “whistleblowers will be quashed.“ He tweeted: "This is a massive story and confirms what we have been reporting for months Dissent will not be tolerated. Whistleblowers will be quashed. Space Force officer relieved of post after denouncing Marxist ideology and critical race theory in military."
This is a massive story and confirms what we have been reporting for months— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 16, 2021
Dissent will not be tolerated. Whistleblowers will be quashed.
Space Force officer relieved of post after denouncing Marxist ideology and critical race theory in militaryhttps://t.co/wHsx4Q0C7O
Within hours of Posobiec’s tweet to his 1.2 M followers the book that costs $17.95, went out of stock on Amazon and is now flying off the bestseller lists.