A few days ago we mentioned that Trump’s Army secretary nominee, Mark Green — a physician and a Tennessee state senator — was being criticized for being a creationist.
Today we have a follow-up on that. The Telegraph of London has this headline: Donald Trump’s pick for Army post drops out amid growing criticism. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The Republican state senator from Tennessee picked by President Donald Trump to be Army secretary has withdrawn from consideration. Mark Green steps aside amid intensifying criticism over his remarks about LGBT Americans and Muslims.
Huh? What about his creationism? We’re told:
A graduate of West Point and a retired army surgeon, Mr Green was selected after the previous choice, Vincent Viola, stood down following controversy over his financial interests.
It’s impressive that Green is a West Point graduate, but we still can’t figure out why Trump chose a physician to be Secretary of the Army. The Telegraph reports:
Several Democrats have denounced Green for declaring that being transgender is a disease. He is opposed to gay marriage. Reservations over his appointment had also been expressed by two leading Republican senators, Lindsey Graham and John McCain.
That seems to have been the big problem with this nominee, along with his criticism of Muslims — which is described near the end of the story:
During a speech last September, Mr Green urged that a stand be taken against “the indoctrination of Islam” in public schools. He also referred to the “Muslim horde” that invaded Constantinople centuries ago.
Apparently as an afterthought, the newspaper says:
He is also a “creationist”, who has delivered a lecture disputing the theory of evolution.
But it seems that wasn’t a political problem, nor was it a problem that a physician might not be prepared for the responsibilities of being Secretary of the Army. One last excerpt:
Mr Green says in a statement that “false and misleading attacks” against him have made his nomination a distraction. He says his life of public service and Christian beliefs have been mischaracterised for political gain.
We looked to see how other newspapers reported the news. The Tennessean reports:
President Donald Trump’s choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination Friday after mounting criticism over past statements he made about gays and lesbians, Muslims and other groups.
The Washington Post reports:
The Trump administration’s second Army secretary nominee withdrew from consideration Friday amid mounting opposition to past comments he made about Islam, evolution and gender issues.
That was their only mention of evolution. The rest of their story is about the other things he said.
So there you are. Green won’t be Army secretary because of his politically incorrect opinions — but the fact that he may have been an unqualified ignoramus seems not to have been an issue.
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