Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has a reputation for exposing the Left and their radical ideology in House committee hearings. Today was no exception.
This afternoon, Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted Joe Biden’s woke Defense Secretary Lloydoor with the House Armed Services Committee Austin during a heated exchange on the House fl. Gaetz began by exposing the woke secretary, accusing him of allowing a lecture by Thomas Piketty, “Responding to China: The Case For Global Justice and Democratic Socialism,” that took place at the National Defense University. The concept of the lecture was “It’s time for Socialism,” Gaetz told him, as Secretary Austin attempted to interrupt him to object to Gaetz’s assertions.
Gaetz blasted Sec. Austin, for his ineffective leadership, “You guys have been blowing a lot of calls lately on matters of strategy, Mr. Secretary.” He continued, “You guys told us that Russia couldn’t lose, you told us the Taliban couldn’t immediately win—and, so I guess I’m wondering, what in the $773 billion that you’re requesting today is going to help you make assessments that are accurate in the face of so many blown calls?”
Secretary Austin responded by telling Rep. Gaetz that he’s seen the budget and that it “speaks for itself.”
Rep. Gaetz was not impressed with his answer and continued his aggressive line of questioning. Gaetz said that the US military, under the leadership of Joe Biden and Sec. Austin has fallen behind other nations and reminded him how they have failed to deter Russia from invading Ukraine and how our military is losing ground to China when it comes to “hypersonic weapons.”
Austin shot back, interrupting Rep. Gaetz, “What do you mean, we’re behind in hypersonics?” asking, “How do you make that assessment?”
Gaetz responded, “I make that assessment because China is fielding hypersonic weapons systems, and we are still developing them. I make that assessment because Russia actually used one.”
“By the way, your own people brief us that we are behind and that China is winning,” Gaetz told Austin. “Are you aware of the briefings that we get on hypersonic?” he asked.
Gaetz compared the military capabilities that “everyone else in the world seems to be developing capabilities—we’ve got time to embrace Critical Race Theory at West Point, to embrace socialism at the National Defense University—to do mandatory pronoun training.”
Sec. Austin interrupted to defend his woke leadership. He took a ridiculous swipe at Rep. Gaetz, “The fact that you’re embarrassed by your country.” Oh, no, no, no,” Gaetz responded. “I’m embarrassed by your leadership. I am not embarrassed for my country.”
“You know what? That is so disgraceful that you would conflate your failures with the failures of the uniformed service members,” Gaetz said.
Gaetz ended with a final death blow. “I saw that the Obama administration tried to destroy our military by starving it of resources, and it seems the Biden administration is trying to destroy our military by force-feeding it wokeism.”
"I'm embarrassed by your leadership, I am not embarrassed for my country."
Rep. Matt Gaetz and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin got into a heated exchange during a House hearing looking at the 2023 defense budget request. pic.twitter.com/MaGxHSLhjL
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