Mike Waltz discounts accusations of National Guard disloyalty, rogue members

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The Congressman is a Colonel in the National Guard.

Hours before The Associated Press reported of rogue National Guardsmen removed from an inauguration security detail for being right-wing militia members, a Florida Congressman rejected assertions that any National Guard members could betray President-elect Joe Biden.

Rep. Mike Waltz, a colonel in the fighting force, told the “Fox and Friends” audience Tuesday morning that aspersions cast on these brigades the day before by Democratic colleague Rep. Steve Cohen were “disgusting” and “shocking.”

Cohen questioned the loyalty of these forces during a CNN hit Monday, saying they might want to “do something” to Biden at Wednesday’s ceremony.

“The Guard is 90 some odd percent male, and only about 20% of White males voted for Biden,” Cohen postulated. “There are probably not more than 25% of the people there protecting us who voted for Biden.”

Waltz fiercely contested the notion that some members of the fighting force might not be loyal.

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“Every veteran, every guardsman is offended by those comments,” Waltz told hosts Will Cain, Steve Doocy, and Ainsley Earhardt.

“It is not about the person,” Waltz continued. “It’s about the oath. They take the same oath as every member of Congress, those guardsmen and women are out there right now to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies.”

Waltz was not remotely done, however, suggesting that Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, suffers from a fundamental ignorance of the composition of the fighting force itself.

“One of the things he just doesn’t understand, or refuses to, is these guardsmen come from their communities. Their units are right there in their communities. He’s got his facts wrong,” the Republican second-termer scolded, noting that women and African Americans abound in the National Guard.

Waltz said it was the “definition of racism to stereotype an entire group based on their skin color and their gender” as Cohen had.

“It’s just offensive all around, and it’s insulting. At the end of the day,” Waltz noted, “that’s why we need more veterans in Congress.”

Waltz added that Cohen’s “disgusting comments” reflect an “ignorance of how military thinks and works.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


7 comments

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    January 19, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Your National Guardsman is likely to be the schoolyard bully of your youth who joined the Guard so he could dress up in camo and play soldier with a real military weapon.

    Check out Waltz’s web site. Says he graduated from Virginia Military Institute but no mention of him ever setting foot in college.

    Some brave veterans have served well in public life (see John Kerry) but this guy isn’t one of them.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 19, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Walz you are a liar. How do I know? Walz cause if you say it on Fox,it is a lie! Til
    You are mainstream with the good and decent Americans you are a liar! If you heard it on Fox it is a lie! Your choice. Either a good and decent American or just a goptrump death cult sociopath liar!

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    January 19, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Far left trolls frothing at the mouth again. “Yankee” is so ignorant it doesn’t know VMI is the equivalent of college/university!

  • Go back home

    January 19, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Yeah Displaced, you will likely never see a guardsmen in your gated community. They typically serve predominately poor and minority populations after a natural disaster. You’re a real POS.

    And Sonja – Representative Cohen said it on CNN. Your gibberish is, as usual, ignorant and barely coherent.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 19, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Walz said it on Fox. Now today 12 national guards on duty in dc have been removed! Sir Walz one traitor is one traitor to many! PS go back home lol.

  • Honyok

    January 20, 2021 at 2:24 am

    And VMI is a racist shithole, all those antebellum values wafting about.

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    January 20, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Where I attended university, we did not consider “military universities” institutions of higher learning.

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