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Reprinted with permission from Alternet
A well-known white nationalist has been booted from the U.S. military shortly after an investigation uncovered his enrollment in the U.S. Air Force and graduation from basic training.
An investigation conducted by HuffPost revealed Shawn McCaffrey's status. On Thursday, July 22, Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek released a statement confirming McCaffrey had been kicked out.
"Information brought to the attention of his command after Mr. McCaffrey's enlistment led to an entry-level separation due to erroneous enlistment," Stefanek said without disclosing any specific details.
The publication reports that as of last month, McCaffrey was still in active-duty technical training and ranked as an Airman First Class. After learning of McCaffrey's continued enlistment, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif., chair of the military personnel subcommittee, sounded off as she demanded to know what type of recourse would be taken regarding McCaffrey.
In a statement addressing top-ranking officials of the Air Force, Speier wrote:
"I will be contacting Air Force leadership to find out why this individual ― who has his own author page on a website for far-right extremists, describes himself as an 'activist,' and co-hosted a weekly podcast in which he attacked Jews, women, LGBTQ+ people, the U.S. armed forces, and many others using unacceptable slurs ― remains on active duty and under review given the very public and abundant evidence of his extremist ties," Speier said in a statement at the time.
Speier's demand comes months after U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin released a memo detailing the Pentagon's planned efforts to confront extremism within the ranks of the armed forces. He made it clear no level of extremism will be tolerated.
"We will not tolerate actions that go against the fundamental principles of the oath we share, including actions associated with extremist or dissident ideologies," he wrote in a memo announcing the order.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was one of many Republican lawmakers who expressed faux outrage over the Major League Baseball (MLB) announcement of Cleveland's new mascot. On Friday, July 23, Cruz took to Twitter with a quick post sharing his reaction to the Cleveland Indians being renamed the Cleveland Guardians.
The Texas lawmaker tweeted, "Why does MLB hate Indians?"
It certainly did not take long for Twitter users to step up to the plate. With their responses, they hit a home run with relentless insults leveled toward the Republican lawmaker. One Twitter user wrote, "Wait, I thought businesses were free to make their own decisions free of government meddling."
@tedcruz wait I thought businesses were free to make their own decisions free of government meddling— Karl Bode (@Karl Bode)1627054342.0
Another Twitter user challenged Cruz with a question about the blatant disregard for indigenous people. That person wrote, "Really Ted? Is disliking native Americans what this name change is about? You're incredibly disingenuous."
@tedcruz Really Ted? Is disliking native Americans what this name change is about? You're incredibly disingenuous.— napacab (@napacab)1627052076.0
@tedcruz Why does Ted Cruz hate TX? https://t.co/DBdYfqw9f5— Steven, Cholula crawfish season (@Steven, Cholula crawfish season)1627062852.0
@tedcruz Great point Ted it's like Cleveland decided to just abandon them and go to Cabo while their city was suffe… https://t.co/PidCDlp3BI— Miguel Jose (@Miguel Jose)1627055652.0
@tedcruz It's not that MLB hates Indians - it's that "Americans" dislike racism. RepubliQans don't - but Americans do.— Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Dem 2022 (@Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Dem 2022)1627061021.0
@tedcruz Imagine if Ted Cruz was even a fraction as concerned about his own state as he is about Ohio and Georgia a… https://t.co/7JjiAfiG0C— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1627051924.0
Cruz's latest remark comes just months after his previous, baseless remark arguing that the name change was a partisan effort that appeared to be in favor of one political party. Speaking to reporters back in April, Cruz said, "If they're gonna play partisan enforcer, they shouldn't expect to see special goodies from Washington when they are dishonestly acting to favor one party against the other."
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