The officer joked about the tweet from the US First Lady complaining about the loss of a right for “women” following the Supreme Court decree on abortion.
We do not make fun of the first lady in the United States in this way. The US military suspended its former communications chief Gary Volesky, a retired general, after a derisive response to a tweet from Jill Biden. He deplored, on June 24, the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, thus allowing every state to ban abortion. “For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to decide for themselves about their own bodieswrote the first lady. Today this right has been taken away from us“.
The three-star general’s sarcastic response flared up. “Glad to see you finally know what a woman is“, retorted Gary Volesky in a tweet later deleted, but revealed on Saturday by the newspaper USA Today. Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told al Washington Post that the retired military officer, “pending the outcome of the investigationsopened by command, he was suspended from his training contract within the army.
Asked by the American press, the White House did not comment. According to the US press, the officer’s tweet, hired by the Pentagon as an expert, is a violation of the reservation required of all retired officials and generals, and an unwelcome intrusion. “in partisan politics“.
Allusion to the transgender issue
What did the officer mean by his tweet? The American press sees it as a reference to an exchange last March between Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn and Ketanji Brown Jackson, the new Supreme Court judge, during a hearing in the House of Representatives to confirm her appointment. The elect called the future judge to define the word “womenin reference to transgender rights. “I cannot. Not in this context“, Replied Marsha Jackson, justifying himself remembering that he was”not a biologist“.”Is the meaning of the word “woman” so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?“, Had insisted the representative to the Republican Party, without obtaining further answers.
Among the many reactions to the Supreme Court decision on abortion, some radical feminists in the United States have deplored the use of the term “womento talk about people affected by abortion restrictions. Trans-exclusive radical feminists (TERFs), in particular, view this term as discriminatory and prefer gender-inclusive language to it.
It’s not the first time the 60-year-old star general, who served in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, has leaked his political views on Twitter. In July 2021, this former Army spokeswoman replied to Representative Liz Cheney that she announced that she wanted to join the select committee responsible for investigating the attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. “Our oath to the Constitution must be above partisan politics“The elected republican of the House of Representatives wrote. What Gary Volesky replied: “It is a question of partisan politics“.
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