A lieutenant colonel in the fledgling US Space Force has reportedly been removed from his post and will be investigated after claiming on a podcast that ‘Marxism’ was infiltrating the military.
Last week, Matthew Lohmeier appeared on the conservative podcast, The Steve Gruber show, to discuss the ‘Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest and the Destruction of the American Army‘, a book he himself had published online, as reported by Military.com.
He claims that “neo-Marxist” ideologies are “spreading into the US military”.
He told the show: “Since he took command as [Space Force] Commander about 10 months ago, I saw what I consider to be fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives of what America was, is, and should be. This has not only been prolific on social media or across the country over the past year, but it has spread across the entire US military. And I had recognized these accounts as being of a Marxist nature.
He also stated that the New York Times’ 1618 Slavery Project in the United States was “un-American”.
He said of the Pulitzer Prize-winning project: “It teaches an intensive lesson that I heard at my base – that when the country ratified the Constitution of the United States, it codified white supremacy as the law of the land. If you want to disagree with that, then you start (being) labeled all kinds of things, including racist.
Space Force did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Independent.
A Department of Defense spokesperson told CNN he was removed from his post on Friday due to a “loss of trust” and an investigation has been launched into whether he violated the military ban on partisan politics.
They said, “Lieutenant. Gen. Stephen Whiting, commander of Space Operations Command, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of 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 launched a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) to determine whether the comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity.
Lohmeier, based in the Colorado Space Missile Warning Squadron and who received a Thanksgiving call from Donald Trump last year, did not comment publicly but said tweeted links to articles claiming his removal is “scandalous”.
Space Force was created by President Trump in 2019 as the sixth mark of the United States Armed Forces and the first new military service since the Air Force in 1947.
Trump called it “the world’s newest combat domain” that would protect the United States from a space invasion, but it was widely mocked at the time by media and late night hosts.
The lieutenant-colonel was defended by the Republican representative, Matt Gaetz, of Florida, who tweeted sunday that this decision was evidence of a “wake-up call for our military” and that he would “demand action on this in the Armed Services Committee”.
He said, “Lieutenant. Colonel Lohmeier is a patriot who speaks the truth about our army’s attempt to wake up – and worse. His demotion is clearly a retaliatory measure.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted that it was “disturbing”.
Other Tory supporters, including alt-right activist Jack Posobiec, claimed it was proof that “Whistleblowers will be canceled.“
Hours after Posobiec tweets to his 1.2 million followers, the book is $17.95 was out of stock on Amazon and moving up the bestseller list.
On his website, Lohmeier says he graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2006 and worked as a pilot before transferring to the Space Force in October 2020.