During a hearing, Rep. Matt Gaetz questioned the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness of the U.S., Gilbert Cisneros, about a ‘Diversity staffer’ under investigation for making racist remarks about white people on social media.
Cisneros appeared unable or unwilling to give a straight answer to any questions Matt Gaetz was asking in the hearing.
As The Daily Mail reported:
A top Pentagon official has said that a diversity officer who tweeted disparaging remarks about white people will not face workplace discipline following a lengthy internal investigation.
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Gil Cisneros faced a tough grilling on the controversy from Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee at a hearing on Thursday.
Cisneros confirmed that DoDo employee Kelisa Wing would not be fired or otherwise sanctioned for tweets she wrote prior to taking a job as the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer in the Department of Defense’s Education Activity office (DoDEA), which oversees schooling for children of military families.
Cisneros admitted he found the tweets objectionable and said in a letter that Wing was transferred to another role.
“I do agree that that is not acceptable. It’s not something that I would condone, and it’s not condoned by DoDEA or the Department of Defense,” Cisneros told the panel.
“Mr. Cisneros, are you familiar with the tweet? Can you please read the tweet aloud?” asked Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., about one of Wing’s controversial posts…
Matt Gaetz, R-Fla, said, “I would like to go back to the tweets of the racist person that works for you. What does ‘Caudacity’ mean?”
“I have no idea,” Cisneros said.
“You took six months to investigate one tweet. You didn’t even figure out what the words meant?” Matt Gaetz asked.
“You said in a Fox News Digital article that you were going to take 30 days to investigate, and it took you six months in a six-month investigation. You guys didn’t learn what the word ‘Caudacity’ meant?” Gaetz said. “I think, you know. I think every person that’s going to watch this exchange knows, you know, it’s she’s trying to lash audaciousness with someone being Caucasian, isn’t she?”
“I have no idea,” Cisneros said. “We do not support racist tweets. We do not support racism.”