By claiming that Navy SEAL pals told him they spent more of their time on diversity training than on how to shoot, Donald Trump Jr. offended the left on Monday.
During a campaign rally on August 19 for Florida State House candidate Carolina Amesty, he said, “I have buddies on SEAL teams who tell me they spend more time today in diversity training than they spend on shooting.”
Robert O’Neill, a former Navy SEAL who famously fired the fatal shot at the terrorist bin Laden, said via Twitter:
“He is being honest. I and other SEALs have discussed this with @DonaldJTrumpJr. Both recruiting and employee retention are problems. More than just a political talking point. It is taking place, and it is not good.”
Derrick Van Orden, a retired Navy SEAL, said in a Monday interview with Breitbart News that sailors, especially Navy SEALs, were absolutely devoting too much time to diversity training at the expense of other crucial abilities.
In comparison to real combat training, he said, the military and special ops spend more time on diversity, equality, and inclusion training.
He said, “The U.S. military is spending excessive time on matters that truly are not relevant to warfighting.”
Every sailor is a fireman, he continued, similar to how every Marine is a rifleman. However, the tragic loss of the ship USS Bonhomme Richard, that was entirely destroyed in a fire while it was in port, demonstrates that sailors lack fundamental firefighting abilities.
That ship is precisely what we need if, God forbid, that we ever have a war with China since it can carry helicopters and Marines. And since the sailors failed to put a cardboard fire out and their chain of command was unable to determine who should be in charge, the ship burned to the keel, he said.
Because you can’t transfer or get promoted if you don’t have that training, he said, “I guarantee with total certainty that every sailor from the admiral to the average seamen, had the entirety of their diversity and inclusion general military training done.”
He stated diversity training is also required for SEALs. Those two hours of diversity training comes to 400 training hours that are not spent on crucial skills for one squad of 200 Navy SEALs.
And the day only has X number of hours. The training block is two hours long. It’s not two hours; you need to add either a half-hour before or after. Therefore, you should allow three hours. What is three hours, about 600 hours? Just double it by the whole Dept. of Defense, he continued, and do the math.
“We’re educating kids to understand gender and race. And we are not training them how to maintain a ship, repair an M-4, shoot them, fix a helicopter, to put out a fire, or operate at high margins,” he said. “Protection of American civilians must be the exclusive objective of the US military. Training for battle is one way to do this. Train for battle for peace.”