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New Pentagon diversity chief ‘reassigned’ after comparing Trump to Hitler in online post

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The new chief of diversity and inclusion for U.S. Special Operations Command is under investigation for offensive past social media posts, including one that compared former President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, Fox News is reporting.

The Defense Department announced the hiring of Richard Torres-Estrada last week, writing that they looked forward to his “contribution in enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of [Special Operations Forces] through diversity of talent, helping us recruit the best of the best.”

Soon after the announcement, past social media posts resurfaced, including a photo of Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler photoshopped next to each other holding bibles. Torres-Estrada posted it on June 2, 2020.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed the investigation of Torres-Estrada during a Monday press briefing. Torres-Estrada has been “reassigned” amid the investigation.

“Obviously, we take the need to promote diversity and inclusion seriously here in the department,” Kirby said. “The secretary has spoken to that many times. And we certainly want that work to be transparent, to be credible, to be effective, and of course professional.”

Torres-Estrada’s Facebook profile is not currently viewable to the public, however, Fox News host Tucker Carlson included screen-grabs of some of his posts during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Friday.

“The Pentagon is now the Yale faculty lounge, but with cruise missiles. That should concern you,” Carlson said, adding that the U.S.’s military leadership has gone “woke.”

“His Facebook page gives some indication of who he is,” Carlson said. “On it you will find an attack on the police as racist, you’ll find crude BLM propaganda, you will find a photograph of Donald Trump holding a bible in front of a church. Next to Trump is a photograph of Adolf Hitler.”

“This is the guy who now oversees hiring for the Navy Seals,” Carlson said. “This is the initiative that Richard Torres-Estrada will be running.”

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Biden Energy Secretary Subject of Ethics Complaint for Promoting Electric Company She Held $1.6 Million in Stock

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US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

President Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has received an ethics complaint for promoting an electric bus company she sat on the board of and held over a million dollars of stock in. She did so all while being a part of the executive branch in Biden’s administration.

Breitbart reports Granholm, “who oversees moving the country toward an electric vehicle transportation system and enjoys newfound powers after the passage of Biden’s infrastructure package — is facing scrutiny for promoting Proterra, a Burlingame, California-based electric bus company she sat on the board of and held 240,520 shares of stock in, which garnered her $1.6 million when she finally divested them 157 days after her nomination.”

Critics say Granholm has promoted Proterra in her official capacity as energy secretary and for hyping grant access to companies with connections to Proterra. Additionally, they say Granholm’s promotion of Proterra has increased its visibility and therefore the value of her stock before she was required to sell her shares due to ethics rules.

As of Monday, the company had a market cap of $2.6 billion. Granholm also promoted Burlingame, a California electric vehicle company, at the same time “Democrats in Congress were crafting – and ultimately passing – Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, which dramatically increases Granholm’s authority as energy secretary to advance private sector companies in the transition to an electric vehicle-based transportation infrastructure” reports Breitbart.

The infrastructure package “grants as much as $174 billion to green vehicles and $456 billion to zero-emission buses to ‘replace 50,000 diesel transit vehicles and electrify at least 20 percent of our yellow school bus fleet’ and ‘to build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030.”

Breitbart reports:

Granholm’s involvement with Proterra started in March of 2017 when the company announced she would be joining its board ostensibly due to her experience with the automotive sector when she served as Michigan’s governor from 2003 to 2011. Proterra hoped to use Granholm’s “track record for producing a high-quality clean energy and transportation workforce in the Midwest” to launch the company into the “next phase of strategic growth and national deployment,” its press release explained. During her time on the board, Granholm supplemented her considerable income by simultaneously serving on the boards and consulting for various left-wing organizations as well, such as American Bridge PAC and Media Matters.

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