Space Force commander fired after comments made on conservative podcast

Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier attended the Steve Gruber Show to discuss his new book, “Irresistible Revolution: The Conquest of Marxism and the Abolition of the American Military,” which claims that Marxist ideologies are widespread within the armed forces. He explained these concerns on the podcast.

“Since I took command as commander about 10 months ago, I’ve seen what I consider to be fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives about what America was, is, and should be,” said Lohmeier. “Not only was it productive on social media or across the country over the past year, but it also spread throughout the US military. And I had recognized those narratives as Marxist.”

When Lohmeier pressed on what exactly he meant, he condemned the New York Times 1619 project, a historical look at how slavery shaped America’s institutions, as “anti-American.”

“It teaches intensive lessons that I heard at my grassroots level – when the country ratified the United States Constitution, it codified white supremacy as the law of the country,” Lohmeier said. “If you don’t want to agree with that, then you start labeling all kinds of things, including racist things.”

Lohmeier did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

“Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, commander of Space Operations Command, dismissed Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier from command of the 11th Space Alert Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado on May 14 because of the loss of confidence and confidence in his ability to perform,” said an official Department of Defense told CNN. “This decision was based on public comments made by Lieutenant Colonel Lohmeier in a recently released podcast. Lieutenant General Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) to determine whether these comments constitute prohibited partisan activity.”

Another defense official said the investigation will also look into every element of the rules and guidelines by which the book was published. It is not clear whether Lohmeier consulted his chain of command prior to publication. A blurb on the book on Amazon described it as “a timely and courageous contribution from a Space Force Lieutenant Colonel on active duty who sees the impact of a neo-Marxist agenda at ground level within our armed forces.”