That was fast. As Twitchy reported Saturday, U.S. Special Operations Command was welcoming its new chief of diversity and inclusion, Richard Torres-Estrada. Putting aside what we think about every branch of the military having a diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, Torres-Estrada seemed a risky pick. Plenty of people in the comments noted that this was the same person who’d shared a meme of Donald Trump holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Church next to a (Photoshopped) photo of Adolf Hitler holding a Bible. Considering this is what the guy thought of the previous Commander-in-Chief, we wondered … why him?
Now Special Operations Command is wondering the same thing. The New York Post reports that Torres-Estrada has been “reassigned” while they look into his social media posts.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 30, 2021
Not resigned, reassigned. The Post reports:
Torres-Estrada’s appointment as chief of diversity and inclusion was announced just last Thursday by the US Special Operations Command.
But by Monday, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed a probe into Torres-Estrada’s social-media posts, which include an image juxtaposing Trump and Hitler and an anti-police political cartoon.
“Obviously, we take the need to promote diversity and inclusion seriously here in the department,” Kirby said during a Monday briefing, according to Fox News. “The secretary [of defense, Lloyd Austin] 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.”
Why do we have such a worthless position in the pentagon?
— Salty (@ItsRazor67) March 30, 2021
Explain to me why the Pentagon needs a diversity chief?
— SAVEAMERICANOW! (@tr7656) March 30, 2021
— Ted Phillips is a ? (@MrDaking54) March 30, 2021
— Wes Bartlett (@Sageslm) March 30, 2021
— ?????? (@Fla_Yakker) March 30, 2021
— political_junkie (@politic62229039) March 30, 2021
Move your ass along there sweetie ?
— Elisa (@ElisaMarylou) March 30, 2021
— Stephen with a PH (@Stephen15180420) March 30, 2021
He's a strange cat
— The Young Tuck (@rjblacktx) March 30, 2021
He was the diversity chief for special forces???
He probably got reassigned to a more fitting role like diversity chief for the Pentagon accounting division.
— Brian (@Brian17140071) March 30, 2021
Reassigned? Why not fired?
— ??TheBaconBrotato_ (@TheBaconBrotato) March 30, 2021
He has a new post because of an old post.
— Pillage Idiot (@pillageidiot) March 30, 2021
According to the new york post
— Alfred Aston (@AlfredAston2) March 30, 2021
Very level headed and bipartisan.. not
— M-LIZA (@precmed20) March 30, 2021
"We want everybody to take those duties and responsibilities seriously and professionally"
The problem is, I think he represents what it means in DEI'dom to be serious and professional. The entire thing is an obnoxious grift and should especially not be in the military.
— Michael Nordman (@nordm) March 30, 2021
I'm surprised they are "looking into it".
I'll be even more surprised if they do anything about it.
— Dog Pants (@Dog_Pants) March 30, 2021
There’s not that much to look into.
Reassign him to unemployment.
— Silence and Frost (@secjr112) March 30, 2021
Wow, we might get someone less controversial to head SOCOM's "Diversity and Inclusion" initiative?
Big win for conservatives.
— _ibsolm_ (@laurenibsolm) March 30, 2021
The Chinese are creating military positions focused on building islands in the Pacific, developing aircraft carrier killing weapons, armed space platforms, massive force projection, and a huge blue water navy.
— ??Night "Jim Eagle" Wood ✞⚭⚓ (@Shteina_Gott) March 30, 2021
So the "pentagon"
The brain center of our military didn't research him
Defund the military
— LatinOso☕ (@OGMikeJ) March 30, 2021
The most powerful government didn't vet this idiot before giving him a position for special ops. Jesh. Banana Republic.
— Dirk.Sakson (@DirkSakson) March 30, 2021
Someone even worse will replace him.
— Dementia Man Bad (@atlrtr) March 30, 2021
He just looks like a problem
— Jack the Dog (@MyDogJack23) March 30, 2021
The press secretary didn’t say where he’d been reassigned, so there’s a chance he could be back if they think his posts are no big deal. Barring that, they’ll just appoint someone else to this position which shouldn’t exist in the first place.
US Special Operations Command welcomes aboard its new chief of diversity and inclusion (who compared Trump to Hitler) https://t.co/3VYrgeukVv
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 27, 2021