Also on Thursday, the top enlisted member of the U.S. Army tweeted a message with the images of multiple female members of the service, and a message amounting to diversity is strength about an hour before the attack in the Middle East.
“Diversity is a number – do you have people that don’t look or think like you in the room? Inclusion is listening and valuing those people,” Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston said in a tweet.
“[Women’s Equality Day] reminds us we’re smarter and more lethal when we come together as an inclusive, cohesive team. Our values demand it,” the Army’s most senior noncommissioned officer added.
Diversity is a number – do you have people that don’t look or think like you in the room? Inclusion is listening and valuing those people. #WomensEqualityDay reminds us we’re smarter and more lethal when we come together as an inclusive, cohesive team. Our values demand it. pic.twitter.com/b72l2EcIn0
— SMA Michael Grinston (@16thSMA) August 26, 2021
For this tweet, Grinston was raked over the coals in the social media comments.
“WTFO?!? Why don’t you shut your leftist boot mouth and go switch places with the Marines and Sailors standing post where the 13 warriors were killed today. You are the epitome of worthless leadership,” he wrote.
“The Red American blood shed by the 12 Marines and Navy Medic today in #Afghanistan is the only color that matters in our military! Not skin pigment, not sexuality, not gender. Red American blood!” Gilliam added.
“This is where your mind is today bro?” another user, @Cernovich, said in a tweet.
“This I why I fear for our nation. On a day such as this, the SMA feels it is important to let us know how ‘woke’ the Army is,” @GerryUSMC wrote.
“Only after the travesty of this was pointed out did you respond about today’s events. As a retired Marine Officer I am simply shocked,” he added.
“Why would you even consider posting this at a time like this? Yes, I know you posted it before the attack, but our military should be 100% focused on evacuating US citizens from Afghanistan and ensuring the safety of Americans everywhere. This ‘woke’ $h!t doesnt matter right now!” added @MRoffal.
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