Pentagon Officials Reportedly Delayed Promotions For Women During Trump Term Due To Fears That They’d Be Rejected Because They’re Not White Men

This is downright pathetic.

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We’ve known since the 1980s that Donald Trump is a misogynistic pig, at best. But a new report from the New York Times is proving that, even from the White House, the man was just as bad as we thought and then some.

The Times report claims that then-Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, who served under the Trump administration, felt that two top generals deserved to be promoted to elite, four-star commands. However, the generals in question happened to be females and they were highly concerned that any candidates they tried to push through “other than white men” would just ultimately be met with resistance from the Trump White House.

“Mr. Esper and General Milley worried that if they even raised their names — Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost of the Air Force and Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson of the Army — the Trump White House would replace them with their own candidates before leaving office,” Eric Schmitt and Helene Cooper for the New York Times wrote.


The report claims that officials within the Pentagon ultimately thought it best to delay their recommendations for the promotions for the female generals until after the 2020 presidential election, in hopes that Joe Biden would secure a win over Donald Trump.

“They were chosen because they were the best officers for the jobs, and I didn’t want their promotions derailed because someone in the Trump White House saw that I recommended them or thought D.O.D. was playing politics,” Mr. Esper said in an interview, making a reference to the Department of Defense. “This was not the case. They were the best qualified. We were doing the right thing.”

Various fingers can be pointed at Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany as “proof” that Donald Trump “didn’t have a problem” with women in his administration. But the fact of the matter is, Trump only didn’t have an issue with women who he didn’t feel would be threatening to him.

You can read the full report here.

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