Following remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr., Secretary of State Pompeo goes full dog whistle

Following remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr., Secretary of State Pompeo goes full dog whistle

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is well known to Kansans. In his six years in the U.S. House, Pompeo was ranked as one of the most conservative by GovTrack, and the policies he promoted were, well, the kinds of things most of America simply would roll their eyes at even considering. As a secretary of state, Pompeo has served failure after failure and has been rewarded for it, repeatedly, as one of Trump’s members who followed his marching orders. Pompeo has a new goal in mind: to be the next U.S. president. On the day before failed, popular vote-losing president Trump leaves office, Pompeo is making his pitch to Trump’s rabid followers, and it isn’t a dog whistle, it’s a bullhorn:

Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they’re not who America is. They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker. pic.twitter.com/Mu97xCgxfS

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 19, 2021

Yep. You read it. A celebration for King ends, and the time for racist responses begins. Secretary of State Pompeo can try to walk this back, but on the record he has repeatedly made his position clear: white history is what matters, anything else he degrades through open disgust, and he attacks the concept of considering any other viewpoint.

Foreign Policy wrote about this exact moment:

“Pompeo made it very clear where he stands and reaffirmed the purpose of the commission by denigrating the movement for equal justice and the call for racial reckoning and healing in America,” said one State Department official. “Everyone that I have spoken with is horrified and disgusted by the commission, his press conference, and [the] attack on 1619,” said the official.

“Every public appearance since George Floyd’s murder has been to shore up the admin[istration]’s position, no matter how inappropriate the venue,” said another.

These officials described portions of Pompeo’s remarks as unusual for a secretary of state, and they perceived it as a domestic political stump speech aimed at rallying President Donald Trump’s base ahead of the November election. (Pompeo spent Friday in Iowa in closed-door meetings with local officials and was scheduled to give a speech at the Family Leaders Summit.)

“They want you to believe that Marxist ideology that America is only the oppressors and the oppressed. The Chinese Communist Party must be gleeful when they see the New York Times spout this ideology,” he added. “This is a dark vision of America’s birth. I reject it. It’s a disturbed reading of history. It is a slander on our great people.”

Pompeo, you see, accused the New York Times and others who were debating the role of slavery in the US birth as being “Marxists” who wanted to “re-write” history. He seems to worry a great deal about “ism’s” but unmentioned are a few: fascism and racism. Guess they didn’t make the list.

The Trump administration. Going out on a low note.

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