‘It’s time to put woke-ism to sleep’: Mike Pompeo slams liberal values and multiculturalism because they ‘distort our glorious founding’ on his final day in office
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blasted ‘wokeness’ in a final tweet
- Pompeo said those wanting to block free speech including on social media had a ‘dangerous’ instinct toward censorship
- ‘Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction – authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness,’ Pompeo tweeted
- ‘This is not who we are, as Americans. It’s time to put woke-ism to sleep,’ he said
- While cabinet members have quit, Trump has had loyalty until the bitter end from Pompeo
On his way out the door, in one of his final tweets as Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo blasted liberals’ ‘wokeness’ saying that it was tantamount to authoritarianism.
‘Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction – authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness,’ Pompeo wrote.
‘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,’ he added.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blasted ‘wokeness’ in a final tweet. Pompeo said those wanting to block free speech including on social media had a ‘dangerous’ instinct toward censorship
The tweet was an excerpt from a speech he made last week at the Voice of America broadcaster where he lambasted recent actions by tech titans to curb free speech including on platforms like Twitter and Facebook as being ‘a kind of censorial instinct that is dangerous.’
‘It’s similar to what we’re seeing at Twitter, and Facebook, and Apple, and on too many university campuses,’ Pompeo railed.
‘We are all parts of institutions with duties and responsibilities higher than any of us,’ he said. ‘This is not who we are, as Americans. It’s time to put woke-ism to sleep,’ Pompeo said, using language more commonly heard on conservative talk radio than in diplomacy.
Pompeo’s comments and subsequent tweet come days after Twitter permanently suspended President Trump’s personal account and after Apple, Google and Amazon banned Parler from their app stores due to a failure to moderate ‘egregious content’ posted by users related to the violent siege on Congress two weeks ago.
The tweet was based on a speech Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had made where he blasted ‘wokeness’ last week on the broadcaster Voice of America
Trump was blocked from Twitter and Facebook, inciting unrest.
Trump, in his final days in the White House has seen cabinet members quit, his vice president for the first time distance himself and some members of his party support impeachment.
But he still has loyalty until the bitter end from Pompeo.
America’s top diplomat has rammed forward 11th-hour hawkish policies and increasingly adopted the grievance-laden rhetoric of Trump’s hard-right base, raising speculation that Pompeo has the White House in his own sights in 2024.
Since the deadly mob attack on Congress by Trump supporters angry over his election defeat, Pompeo has defiantly branded both Cuba and Yemen’s dominant Huthi rebels as terrorists and loosened restrictions on US interactions with Taiwan.
Since the deadly mob attack on Congress by Trump supporters angry over his election defeat, Pompeo has defiantly branded both Cuba and Yemen’s dominant Huthi rebels as terrorists and loosened restrictions on US interactions with Taiwan
On Tuesday, he delivered a hawkish address alleging a major alliance between Trump adversary Iran and Al-Qaeda, a relationship that has been disputed for years by experts.
While Pompeo has condemned the assault on the Capitol, he posed for a photo afterward with Lauren Boebert, a new Republican congresswoman who stirred controversy with comments before and during the riot and described Pompeo as a ‘true patriot.’
‘Some people see a coup attempt against the US government and are outraged. Pompeo sees it and thinks, ‘I can ride that to the White House in 2024,” quipped David Rothkopf, a veteran foreign policy expert and journalist who has been strongly critical of Trump.
Like many Republicans, Pompeo was not an initial backer of Trump, saying in 2016 that the real estate mogul would be an ‘authoritarian.’
But plucked from Congress to be his CIA chief and then secretary of state, Pompeo has been a rare survivor in Trump’s orbit, taking care never to contradict his mercurial boss in public.
Three cabinet members quit after the Capitol violence and others have taken a low key but Pompeo has not stopped speaking of Trump. After the election, he caused outrage by suggesting at a news conference that Trump would remain in power.
In an interview Tuesday with conservative host Hugh Hewitt, Pompeo called the Capitol rioters ‘criminals’ who should be prosecuted.
Pompeo said that ‘wokeness’ was happening ‘at Twitter, Facebook, Apple and on too many university campuses’. Pictured above, President Trump’s suspended account
‘But history will reflect on the good work that this president and our administration has done,’ he said, adding that ‘books will be written about the changes that we have made in the world.’
Pompeo, 57, has made little secret of his aspirations to higher office.
He has highlighted his evangelical Christian faith and, during the Republican National Convention, triggered allegations of impropriety by speaking from an official trip to Jerusalem, where Trump opened an embassy.
Surveys before the riot gave Pompeo little traction for 2024, with most Republicans saying they would again back Trump.
But if Trump is barred or declines another run, Pompeo now enjoys a unique position — he can work alongside the president without high-stakes decisions on whether to condone him.
While cabinet members have quit, President Trump has had loyalty until the bitter end from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Vice President Mike Pence steadfastly backed Trump for four years — in one famous episode, even appearing to put down a water bottle at a meeting as Trump had done the same.
But Pence was forced out of obsequiousness last week as Trump pressured him to reverse their election defeat through the ceremonial session in Congress.
Pence at the last minute acknowledged he had no authority to do so. Moments afterward, Trump turned on him over Twitter and the mob chanted that Pence should be hanged.
Stephen Walt, a professor of international relations at Harvard University, suggested that Pompeo is now taking on the role on social media that Trump is no longer allowed.
Pompeo ‘may have achieved the remarkable and unenviable status of being despised by foreign and US diplomats in equal measure,’ Walt tweeted.
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