- A US Space Force commander has been dismissed for commenting on podcasts.
- Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lohmeier promoted his self-published book that claims Marxist ideologies are spreading in the US military.
- A DOD spokesman told CNN that he had been fired for “loss of confidence and trust in his leadership skills.”
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A US Space Force commander was removed from his position after podcasting to promote his new book alleging Marxist ideologies spreading in the US military.
Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was the commander of a unit responsible for detecting missile launches, according to a report from Military.com.
During an appearance on the Information Operation podcast in May, Lohmeier claimed that leftist ideologies had spread throughout US society, including the media, universities, the federal government, and the branches of the US military.
In an appearance on another podcast, the Steve Gruber Show, Lohmeier said: “Since I took command as commander about 10 months ago, I’ve seen what I consider fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives about what America was, is and should be “CNN.
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“This has not only been productive on social media or across the country over the past year, it has spread throughout the US military,” he added. “And I recognized these stories as Marxist.”
According to CNN, when asked for an example, Lohmeier mentioned the New York Times’ 1619 project, which critically examines the legacy of slavery in the United States. The project angered Republicans who fought to keep it from being taught in schools.
He also said practices like compulsory diversity and inclusion training, which Republicans have also declined, are causing divisions in the US, according to Military.com.
Lohmeier advertised his self-published book “Irresistible Revolution: The Conquest of Marxism and the Development of the American Military”.
The Department of Defense did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment, but an official confirmed to both CNN and Military.com that Lohmeier had been removed from his post.
“Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, commander of Space Operations Command, dismissed Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier from command of the 11th Space Alert Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado on May 14 because of a loss of confidence and trust in his ability to lead,” an official said Department of Defense told CNN.
“This decision was based on public comments from Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier in a recently published podcast. Lieutenant General Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) to determine whether these comments constitute prohibited partisan activity,” the spokesman told the outlet.
As Military.com reported, the nature of Lohmeier’s new temporary assignment is not clear.
“I was advised of the option to have my book pre-release and security review by the Pentagon prior to publication, but was also informed that it wasn’t necessary,” Lohmeier told Military.com.
He said he never intended to “engage in partisan politics”.
“I wrote a book about a certain political ideology (Marxism) in the hope that our Ministry of Defense will again become politically impartial in the future, as has been done honorably throughout history,” he told the outlet.