‘Few things more destructive’: Tom Cotton warns of critical race theory infecting American military

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) just exposed the dangers of critical race theory — the radical leftist ideology infecting schools, universities, corporations and now the U.S. military, Breitbart reported.  

A retired U.S. Army officer, Cotton has completed combat tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, as a senator, he is one of the leading opponents of critical race theory being taught and promoted in the United States.

As Manhattan Institute senior fellow Christopher Rufo explained, “Critical race theory prescribes a revolutionary program that would overturn the principles of the Declaration and destroy the remaining structure of the Constitution.” 

“Advocates of these ideas view the world through the lens of power relationships and societal structures rather than individuals,” noted Fox News reporter Sam Dorman.

Cotton: It will destroy morale

In an interview with SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily on Friday, Cotton spoke about the dangers of critical race theory, specifically in the U.S. military.

“It’s particularly bad for this to be taught to our young troopers, whether it’s at service academy use or in professional military education, or just in routine quarterly or annual training, because they need to look to their right and their left and see not the representative of a racial group, but a battle buddy, a comrade in arms who will lay down their life in defense of each other and their nation,” Cotton said.

The Arkansas senator argued that critical race theory will destroy the “morale and unit cohesion” of the U.S. military, both crucial aspects of its success.

“If I were in a foreign intelligence service, I can think of few things that would be more destructive to morale and unit cohesion in the United States military than critical race theory, the idea that we are somehow simply representatives of our race as opposed to American patriots who are wearing the flag of our country in defense of our common ideals,” Cotton said.

Not popular with the American people

As Cotton noted, critical race theory is being pushed by the far-left faction of the Democratic Party and is being widely adopted in education, the media and even the workplace.

“[Democrats] see the entire world through the lens of race,” Cotton said. “They see it [through what is] essentially a neo-Marxist view that there only can be oppressors and the oppressed. It’s deeply antithetical to the ideals that animate America.”

Cotton used the recent Israel-Palestinian conflict as an example of this distorted way of thinking among the left: To many Democrats, “Israel is the oppressor and the Palestinians are the oppressed.”

Cotton concluded the segment by pointing out that, at least for the moment, critical race theory is extremely unpopular among most Americans. Thankfully, conservatives like Cotton are working hard to make sure this remains the case.

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