The Army has suspended the contract of a three-star general after he posted a tweet mocking First Lady Jill Biden. USA Today reported.
Big picture: Retired Lt. Gen. Gary Wolski, a former top military spokesman, responded to Biden’s tweet that women’s rights were stolen by the Supreme Court ruling. Roe v. Wade overturned.
- “For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make decisions about our own bodies. Today that right was stolen from us,” Biden tweeted.
- “Glad you finally know what a girl is,” Wolski said.
details: Lt. Gen. Theodore Martin, commander of the Combined Arms Center, suspended Wolski pending an investigation, Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told USA TODAY.
- Wolski, who was in charge of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, signed a contract to advise officers after retirement, acting as a senior mentor.
Between the lines: USA Today writes that Wolski’s response was to violate the decorum of a retired military officer.
- It’s an unusual step into partisan politics for an official paid by the Pentagon, especially since the department typically shies away from such matters.
- Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it was a “mistake” to appear in Lafayette Square with then-President Trump in June 2020. “My presence at that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military being involved in domestic politics,” he said in a video message several days later.
- Following the January 6 uprising, Milley and other joint leaders sent a reminder note to the troops. Pledge to the Constitution.
Flashback: Wolski was responding to a tweet from Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who announced that she would be on the select committee on Jan. 6 and that they “must make a commitment to the Constitution that transcends partisan politics.”
- “It’s all about partisan politics,” Wolski said.