(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump called on Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley to resign during a visit to the Texas-Mexico border on Wednesday over the Army four-star’s embrace of critical race theory during congressional testimony earlier this month.
“Gen. Milley ought to resign, and be replaced with someone who is actually willing to defend our Military from the Leftist Radicals who hate our Country and our Flag,” Trump said in his statement, adding that the veteran general’s “greatest fear is upsetting the woke mob.”
During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee early last week, Milley defended lectures that have taken place at the Army’s military academy, West Point, which included courses on critical race theory.
But, the former president said his issues with Milley come from before his testimony.
“When Black Lives Matter rioters were threatening to destroy Washington, D.C., he practically begged me not to send in the military to stop the riots,” Trump said in his statement.
“Milley later issued an embarrassing and groveling apology for walking at my side to St. John’s Church, which far-left rioters almost burned to the ground the day before,” he added.
Rather than denounce people who were rioting and attacking police, “Milley denounced himself — a humiliation for our Military,” said Trump.
“A year later even the Fake News had to admit that their Lafayette Square narrative was a giant lie. Milley, once again, looked like a fool.”
Trump also pushed back on what he called a “false story that he yelled at me in the Situation Room.”
“This is totally Fake News. If he had displayed such disrespect for his Commander-in-Chief I would have fired him immediately,” Trump said.
Regarding Milley’s congressional testimony, he said Milley “actually defended Critical Race Theory being shoved down the throats of our soldiers.”
“This Marxist, racist anti-American propaganda has no place in our Military,” said Trump.
“I banned these training programs, now Biden and the Pentagon have resumed them. As soon as possible, Congress must defund this racist indoctrination,” Trump, who toured the border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday, added.