Tom Cotton asks Lloyd Austin if military is a ‘fundamentally racist organization’

Tom Cotton asks Lloyd Austin if military is a ‘fundamentally racist organization’


Sen. Tom Cotton and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had a heated exchange during a hearing this week over Defense Department efforts to address “extremism” within its ranks, with the senator asking bluntly if the United States military is a “fundamentally racist organization.”

The intense back-and-forth occurred while Austin was testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

The Arkansas Republican, who recently set up a whistleblower campaign for members of the armed forces to expose extremist training programs, began by noting that his office had received “hundreds” of complaints thus far.

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“We’re hearing reports of plummeting morale, growing mistrust between the races and sexes where none existed just six months ago, and unexpected retirements and separations based on these trainings alone,” Cotton, a former Army captain, told Austin.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) cut off most of Austin’s attempts to explain why the questions required more than one-word answers.REUTERS

The senator, who is largely seen as a potential 2024

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