Florida Representative Matt Gaetz scored a massive victory against the woke Biden administration. Gaetz has been fighting to keep the U.S. Department of Defense from promoting or funding Drag Queen Shows on military bases. His persistence led to Pentagon leadership canceling an upcoming drag show.
Gaetz called the cancellation a huge victory, saying, “The Department of Defense (DOD) canceled a scheduled “child-friendly” drag show after I demanded answers from Secretary of Defense Austin and General Milley! Drag shows should not be taking place on military installations with taxpayer dollars, PERIOD!
HUGE VICTORY: The Department of Defense has CANCELED a scheduled "child-friendly" drag show after I demanded answers from @SecDef Austin and General Milley!
Drag shows should not be taking place on military installations with taxpayer dollars PERIOD!
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 31, 2023
Gaetz questioned Secretary Austin, asking why drag queen shows were being hosted on military bases and asked how much taxpayer money should go to fund drag queen story hours. He went on to list multiple military base locations that had been used to host drag queen shows and story hours. Secretary Austin refused to answer how the shows were funded, simply stating that the drag shows are not something the military supports or funds.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 23, 2023
Gaetz sent a follow-up letter to Secretary Austin and General Milley on May 23 after he found out that a “child-friendly” drag show was scheduled for a Nevada Military base on June 1 after both had said they were not aware of and did not support drag shows. He asked the two military men if either had approved the upcoming event and if the base would provide funding for the event. He also asked both if it was appropriate for children to attend a sexualized drag performance.
Gaetz presented four questions:
June 1, 2023; Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
Nellis Air Force Base has announced a so-called “family-friendly” drag organized by the Nellis LGBTQ+ Pride Council for June 1, 2023. In this latest outright attack on children, this event is being advertised as having no minimum age requirement. I request answers to the following questions:
a. You both testified before the House Armed Service Committee, stating: “Drag shows and drag events are not something the DoD supports or fund” and “I’d like to take a look at that material … I don’t agree with that. These things shouldn’t be happening.” Given those statements, has this drag event scheduled for June 1, 2023, on Nellis Air Force Base been reviewed and approved by either of you?
b. Will the base provide funding for logistical support of this event?
c. Does the DoD feel it’s appropriate for children to attend a sexualized drag performance?
d. Why are base commanders defying your intent and direction by facilitating drag events?
In the letter, he recalled the questions he asked the duo on March 29 regarding promoting and funding agendas not related to military readiness saying,
“I questioned you about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs within the Department of Defense (DoD). I find it completely unacceptable that DoD is using taxpayer dollars to fund DEI programs that are divisive in nature.”
Gaetz noted that DOD funding should be utilized for mission-essential operations rather than initiatives that were divisive.
He continued saying he was pleased the two men did not support drag story hours or shows and was providing them documentation on how the DOD had used taxpayer funds inappropriately to fund drag events.
“To aid you in executing the agreed-upon elimination of DoD-funded drag events, I have enclosed supplementary documents that further highlight the DoD’s pervasive and persistent use of taxpayer dollars for drag events. I have also included questions throughout this correspondence, which I require answers to so that the House Armed Services Committee can conduct further oversight of this matter.”
Gaetz documented six different instances where the DOD promoted drag events.
Gaetz posed 5 final questions to Austin and Milley, asking about the DOD’s financial relationship with drag queens and whether or not they had held military individuals who were drag event organizers accountable.
On May 31, NBC News announced that future drag events were being canceled, reporting that “Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, told the Air Force it is not Pentagon policy to fund drag shows on bases, and the show should be canceled or moved off base.”