Marco Rubio blames ‘woke’ Pentagon for China moves on Taiwan

The Senator said today's military was a 'woke social experiment organization.'

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio suggested misplaced “woke” priorities at the Pentagon are at least partially to blame for China threatening Taiwan in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan this week.

“When we see these things happen, remember that our civilian leaders in the Pentagon have spent the last two years focused very seriously on the proper use of pronouns and ensuring that we host the right number of drag queen shows at different military bases around the world,” Rubio said Thursday on Fox and Friends.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade mentioned “kicking out the unvaccinated,” which Rubio added to his litany of Pentagon transgressions.

“And now the recruitment numbers are down because the working-class families that are the backbone of our recruitment efforts, these are the people who have for decades sent their sons and daughters to defend our country, they’re not interested in joining some woke social experiment organization,” Rubio contended.

Rubio and other Republicans have messaged heavily against the alleged “wokeness” in the Pentagon during the Joe Biden administration. The Senator led a letter in 2021 with U.S. Sen. Rick Scott and 10 other Republican colleagues, contending the U.S. Department of Defense’s recently established Countering Extremism Working Group (CEWG) could be used as “a cudgel to harass or silence conservative members of the armed forces.”

“We are deeply concerned that this latest effort by the Biden Administration will target service members who voice opposition to woke, Leftist ideology under the guise of protecting our ‘national security interest,'” the letter read in part.

During the Thursday morning interview, Rubio forecast more Chinese provocations toward Taiwan sooner than later.

“You’re going to see China launch rockets over Taiwan, potentially military airplanes launching over Taiwan, and I think part of this is messaging but I think part of it is to send a very clear signal to leaders in Taiwan,” Rubio argued.

The message: “If we decide to take you by force, you won’t be able to stop us, and therefore you should negotiate the terms of your surrender.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Elliott Offen

    August 4, 2022 at 9:22 am

    “Woke” is just the bare minimum of how people should treat each other in a civilized society. Problem is we have a bunch of racists, assholes, and far right propaganda peddlers that don’t want to see people being treated well. The right wing movement is dependent on enemies and people being ostracized. It can’t survive otherwise. Sad to see politicians trying to gain support from far right filth by echoing their propaganda. They use similar chicanery to convince stupid religious people that they are sugar when in actuality they are shit… empty suits. They grift the religious people to a husk!!!

    • SteveHC

      August 4, 2022 at 9:40 am

      – Agreed. It’s gotten SO bad that king-of-the-twits DeSantis – who just can’t seem to bring himself to publicly admit that he’s a graduate of “woke” Yale as well as “also ‘woke’ “ Harvard law school – DELIBERATELY speaks in public as if he never went to those schools and was born with an intellectual disability because he believes that such *deception* is all he can do to attract votes to himself going forward. Pretty pathetic, even for a totalitarian-leaning autocrat such as he is.

  • PeterH

    August 4, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Vote Marco Rubio out of office. He’s an embarrassment to intelligent Florida residents and the advancement of American ideals around the globe.

    • Impeach Biden

      August 4, 2022 at 10:51 am

      ^The three stooges above probably fly white flags in front of their house. I’m betting none of the above served in the military as well. You three would probably support defunding the military as well. So how’s that defund the police thing working in this country?

      • marylou

        August 4, 2022 at 11:26 am

        Elite Ron’s CO job was prosecuting Court Martial cases, and testing service people’s urine for drugs.

        • Impeach Biden

          August 4, 2022 at 12:09 pm

          So what Mary Lou. Once again you prove you know nothing about the military. Justice there is fair yet swift and if you violate any part of the UCMJ you will most likely be prosecuted.

  • PeterH

    August 4, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    So Marco Rubio has added his name to the never ending list of Republicans who criticize our fighting men and women and the military leadership.

    Join fellow conservatives at the Lincoln Project and help us destroy the Republican Party before it destroys America. Republicans must be voted out of office until they can assume roles that protect the the offices they swear to uphold.

    Marco Rubio is a national disgrace.

  • Just a comment

    August 6, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Most likely people are moving out of this country and the rest is Destin to loose

  • Al

    August 7, 2022 at 10:28 am

    I do not understand the verbal agreement that was made with China when conducting business with China

  • Frederick R Welsh

    August 11, 2022 at 7:29 am

    #Rubio is appealing to the #AntiIntellectual bias in many Americans. You can find it in many posts where terms like ‘common sense’ are used. The problem is that we live in a world where the ‘common sense ‘ of what is real and what will work is frequently decades to centuries out of date and completely wrong.
    President Biden was trying to find out how America today is like the America that existed just before the Civil War. If people had any real sense they would be interested in what the President was told. They would think long and deep about it because a 21st century American Civil War would be the end of the United States as we know it. There would be no nice, neat border between combatants. It would be like the American Revolution was: or the wars in the Middle East. It would be a guerilla war with neighbors killing neighbors. America’s enemies would be glad to furnish all the arms needed for Americans to destroy themselves and the nation. Rubio and others like him are fanning the flames of destruction.

    • Ocean Joe

      August 11, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      Great comment. Should be required reading. For all.

  • Andy Anderson

    August 13, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    We dont need a bunch of twink generals prancing around the Pentagon promoting their woke homertestical life style. The rest of the world is laughing at America and preparing to invade our once powerful Nation.
    Well maybe England is not laughing at America but then they have always been a bunch of swish perverts havent they?

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