Trump calls out political correctness in the military at event

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a Retired American Warriors event in Herndon, Va., Oct. 3, 2016.  Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a Retired American Warriors event in Herndon, Va., Oct. 3, 2016. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes

Trump calls out political correctness in the military at event

by: Nikki Wentling | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 04, 2016

HERNDON, Va. — Speaking to a group of retired military officers — including some who said they were disciplined because of their outspoken religious beliefs — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Monday he would “get away” from political correctness in the U.S. military.

“We have a politically correct military, and it’s getting more and more politically correct every day,” Trump said. “Some of the things they’re asking you to do and be politically correct about are ridiculous.”

Trump made a stop in Herndon, Va., for a town hall event in front of about 150 members of Retired American Warriors, a political action committee recently created by retired military officers who support Trump. The group focused discussion and questions Monday on political correctness, which Trump has treated as a societal scourge.

In the military, political correctness is a “social experiment,” said retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who was once a commander of the Army’s elite Delta Force and works with Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization.

Boykin, whose comments on transgender bathrooms at Hampden-Sydney College caused blowback earlier this year, told the group Monday that military training on diversity, inclusion, sexual harassment and equal opportunity “eat up valuable time” that should be used to prepare servicemembers for combat.

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