Rep. Matt Gaetz and Biden Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin clashed during a heated exchange over wokeism in the military and socialism.
As The Hill reports:
Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley testified before the House Armed Services Committee about the Pentagon’s proposed $773 budget for fiscal 2023.
In his questioning, Gaetz referred to an article published in the conservative Washington Free Beacon in February that reported that economist Thomas Piketty, whose work focuses on economic inequality, would give a lecture at the institution about ”the case for global justice and democratic socialism” to combat China.
Austin said he was unaware of the lecture Gaetz was talking about, prompting Gaetz to retort that it was “widely reported.” The Florida Republican then asked the Pentagon chief if he agreed that socialism was not an effective way to combat China.
‘I’m embarrassed by your leadership, I am not embarrassed for my country’ Gaetz said.
“I saw that the Obama administration tried to destroy our military by starving it of resources, and it seems like the Biden administration is trying to destroy our military by trying to force-feed it wokeism,” he added before yielding his time.