Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz spoke at a Defense hearing on Wednesday during which he exposed the fact that Trump supporters in the military are being targeted.
Gaetz said, “It became very apparent to every person paying attention to this committee that there was no real definition of extremism, yet we were having an extremism stand down anyway and there are people in the military who are being driven out as a consequence of their viewpoint and the fact that we have strong laws on the books is fascinating but it doesn’t have its own fiat because the problem is those laws aren’t self-affecting.”
He added, “If there’s a culture that has infected the upper level brass right now at the department of Defense where we’ve all got to view service members as potential extremists and white supremacists and disruptives to the force as a consequence of something as simple as sharing an America first hashtag or indicating support for former President Donald Trump then we really have a problem.”
Gaetz is right. The oddly vague definition of extremism in the military is leading to members being targeted in some cases for simply expressing American values and that’s something that’s just as bad as real extremism.