The editor of left-leaning Deadspin was forced to delete a tweet ripping “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance after he tweeted criticism at U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for his seeming embrace of highly controversial critical race theory ideology.
“I personally would like American generals to read less about ‘white rage’ (whatever that is) and more about ‘not losing wars,'” Vance wrote to begin a short thread, referencing comments Milley made during testimony earlier this week before the House Armed Services Committee.
“What I find so enraging about the Joint Chiefs’s pandering on progressive wokeness is that they know damn well the geography and politics of who dies in American wars. The conservative Americans you trash are disproportionately bleeding for this country,” he added.
“I’m glad you got your viral clip, General. Maybe you should try defending the enlisted folks, their families, and their values,” he concluded.
During his testimony, Milley blamed the Jan. 6 protest on “white rage,” admitted he has read the works of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Mao Zedong, and justified critical race theory curriculum being introduced to military personnel.
“First of all, on the issue of critical race theory…I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read,” Milley said. “I wanna understand white rage. And I’m white. And I wanna understand it.”
But it was Vance’s rebuttal that drew a response from Deadspin editor Julie DiCaro, who wrote in the now-deleted racist tweet, “Guys who have never served calling the US Military ‘losers’ is a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off.”
blocked [and now deleted], but the List comes for all, @JulieDiCaro.
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) June 26, 2021
Only, Vance did serve; he did a stint as a U.S. Marine and served in Iraq, as Greg Price, a Daily Caller contributor, noted.
“You ever heard of a thing called Google?” he wrote in response to DiCaro.
You ever heard of a thing called Google? pic.twitter.com/L7s2n2xF6o
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 25, 2021
DiCaro went on to excuse her error.
“I didn’t bother to Google whether JD Vance had served in the military because I can’t imagine a vet saying the ridiculous things he says about his colleagues in arms. So I deleted, my bad, yad yada yada, he’s still completely terrible,” she wrote.
Others noted that Vance, whether he’s a veteran or not, is a citizen nonetheless and therefore within his rights to offer criticism of Milley and any other U.S. government official.
“LOL. @JDVance1 shouldn’t criticize US generals because he ‘never served,’ says @Deadspin‘s ‘senior’ editor @JulieDiCaro. Hilariously dumb for 2 reasons: 1) Anyone has the right to criticize generals; 2) JD Vance was deployed to Iraq after enlisting in the Marines in 2003,” investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald responded.
“You didn’t bother to Google whether JD Vance had served in the military because you’re a lazy, sh-tty excuse for a journalist,” user AdamInHTown added.
“Gotcha so in your world no one can have an option that goes again what you think,” said another user.
During his testimony, Milley also took Republican lawmakers who were critical of his embrace of CRT to task.
“It’s important that we understand it because our [personnel], they come from the American people. It matters to our military and to the discipline and cohesion of this military,” he said.
“What is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend? And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military — our general officers, our commissioned, non-commissioned officers — of being, quote, woke, or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there,” he added.
Those comments were torn asunder by former Army captain and Pennsylvania senate candidate Sean Parnell, who told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that the military’s embrace of CRT ideology will “ultimately cost lives on the battlefield.”
“If you are looking for a way to destroy the United States military from the inside out without firing a shot, talk about what he’s talking about and implement Critical Race Theory,” Parnell said. “It makes it harder to accomplish the mission and ultimately I think it will cost lives on the battlefield.”
WATCH: “If you were looking for a way to destroy the United States military from the inside out without firing a shot, talk about what [Gen. Milley’s] talking about and implement critical race theory.” @SeanParnellUSA is absolutely right. pic.twitter.com/4KiLCtt4NM
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) June 26, 2021
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