Bishop Garrison, a senior advisor to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tasked with addressing “extremism” within the armed forces would seem to have his personal historical past of extremist views, because it emerges that he has referred to all Trump supporters as “racist” and has known as for curbing free speech on-line.
In two collection of tweets, each written in the summertime of 2019, Garrison went after followers and donors of the previous commander-in-chief, arguing that those that defended the forty fifth president had been supporting “a racist” and “ALL his beliefs.”
The first post, nonetheless accessible on his Twitter account, included three messages posted in July 2019.
“Silence from our Congressional leaders is complicity. He is only going to get worse from here, & his party and its leadership are watching it happen while doing nothing to stop it. Support for him, a racist, is support for ALL his beliefs,” the highest DoD official, who was writing on the time in his private capability, started.
“He’s dragging a lot of bad actors (misogynist, extremists, other racists) out into the light, normalizing their actions. If you support the President, you support that. There is no room for nuance with this. There is no more ‘but I’m not like that’ talk.”
“Because you’re watching what he says. You’re listening to his careful choice of words. And you’re still willing to follow him and/or not speak out. So yes, you’re very much like that. It’s time we all step up.”
Garrison additionally included the hashtags “#Black44” and “#WeArePatriots” in his last message, which seems to point that he wrote the tweets to coincide with an op-ed revealed the day earlier than by 149 ex-Obama administration staffers, himself included, within the Washington Post.
The op-ed denounced then-President Trump for igniting a feud with members of the “Squad,” a bunch of progressive House lawmakers together with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
One month after his preliminary tweet thread, Garrison provided another hot take on Trump supporters, particularly rich GOP donors.
Referencing a fundraiser Trump had not too long ago held in an August 2019 pair of tweets, Garrison wrote, “[T]hink about the ppl [sic] who helped him raise $12 MIL at this event, but wish to remain quiet about it.”
“They’re willing to give someone tens of thousands of dollars of their money, but want as few people as possible know they donated it? Of course they went to a party where he mimicked racist stereotypes. They knew what they were paying for,” he continued, including the hashtag “#PoliteSociety” on the finish.
In addition to his tweets, Garrison penned a July 2018 op-ed for Inkstick Media, a overseas coverage web site, wherein he decried the “digital black plague” of unfettered dialog on social media, and urged for Big Tech to fight “disinformation.”
“Never has the country or the world been so interconnected. Never have we had so much information at the speed of light literally in the palm of our hands,” he wrote, “While these technological advances work to keep us better informed, holding those with ill intentions accountable for their public actions, they also provide the means by which those who wish to spread disinformation and instability can commit their misdeeds.”
Conceding that “technology operates to exacerbate our already well-entrenched divides,” Garrison requested a bigger query, “America again finds itself at the precipice: what nation do we want to be? What world do we want to live in?”
“America is renouncing its position as world leader. We’re relinquishing the long fought diplomatic collateral that has defined our security and western world stability since World War II. If we allow this digital black plague to spread further, the shining city on the hill will undoubtedly find itself alone in the darkness for years to come.”
A Defense Department spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for touch upon the matter.
Multiple members of President Biden’s cupboard have made addressing “extremism” contained in the federal authorities a precedence within the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Austin ordered a 60-day “stand down” of the whole US navy again in February to permit for commanders to handle the risk.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby described the military-wide pause on the time as just like stand downs that items need to do to handle security issues.
In April, Austin issued a memo with a number of fast actions for the Pentagon to take to combat “extremism” following the stand down, however cautioned that the division was persevering with “to address this issue proactively.”
Austin ordered the DoD to ascertain the Countering Extremism Working Group, which he positioned Garrison in cost of.
Garrison was listed within the memo as Austin’s level of contact on all issues associated to the “extremism” matter.
In addition, Austin additionally ordered an replace to the DOD’s definition of prohibited extremist actions amongst uniformed personnel, an replace to the service member transition guidelines, a assessment and standardization of questionnaires for recruits and a research on extremism within the ranks.