Frustrated with the woke agenda that continues to entrench itself in the American military, talk radio host and Fox News personality Mark Levin is now calling on President Joe Biden to fire his chief of Naval Operations, who included the work of far-left writer Ibram X. Kendi in a list of recommended reading for officers.
During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s prime time Fox News program, Levin discussed the decision of Adm. Michael Gilday to urge those under his command to read Kendi’s controversial tome, How to Be an Anti-Racist, saying, “this is a man who is encouraging personnel in the Navy to read one of the most racist books in modern times by this fellow by the name of Kendi.”
According to Levin, “Kendi isn’t writing about civil liberties and civil rights and real diversity or anything of the sort. People need to understand something…critical race theory is a Marxist-based ideology. It’s not even about race: It’s about destroying the existing society using race, gender; using the climate; using immigration…”
Levin’s comments came on the heels of Gilday’s appearance before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday in which he was questioned about claims that “wokeness” is overtaking the military. During that hearing, Gilday was asked specifically by Republicans about the contents of Kendi’s 2019 book, as the New York Post noted.
Among the theories advanced by Kendi that were subjected to particular scrutiny by lawmakers were his claims that “capitalism is essentially racist” and “racism is essentially capitalist,” with Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) seeking to clarify whether Gilday himself endorsed those positions. “Do you personally consider advocating for the destruction of American capitalism to be extremist?” he asked.
Gilday quickly grew defensive in response to the questioning, saying, “I am not going to sit here and defend cherry-picked quotes from somebody’s book. This is a bigger issue than Kendi’s book. What this is really about is trying to paint the United States military, and the United States Navy as weak, as woke,” emphatically asserting, “We are not weak. We are strong.”
Unmoved, however, was Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), who rhetorically asked Gilday what value Kendi’s book added in support of the Navy’s core function, saying, “How does exposing our sailors to the idea that they are either oppressors or oppressed, and that we must actively discriminate in order to make up for past discrimination, improve our Navy’s readiness and lethality?”
Levin was clearly not persuaded by Gilday’s defiant defense of the suggested reading material, telling Hannity, “Adm. Michael Gilday…may have been a great warrior as an admiral. He needs to be fired,” but suggested that the admiral likely assumes he has solid job security because he is “a Biden lackey,” particularly when it comes to injecting critical race theory (CRT) into the military.
The popular radio host is not alone in his outrage over the philosophy of wokeness that has become alarmingly pervasive in the armed forces, as Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) recently established a whistleblower campaign to help active-duty servicemembers sound the alarm on CRT in the military and – hopefully – begin turning the tide on this dangerously divisive trend.