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It appears Joe Biden and his appointees are letting identity politics get in the way of diplomacy.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The White House has already altered State Department policies to reflect aspects of critical race theory. President Joe Biden reinstated diversity training materials at the department shortly after taking office. Critics said an overemphasis on identity politics distracts from the major foreign policy challenges America faces from serial human-rights abusers and undermines the State Department’s moral standing. Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations, told the Free Beacon the use of such rhetoric puts America “on par with dictators, murderers, and thieves,” around the world.
“One of America’s greatest diplomatic strengths is the recognition that we are the freest and fairest country in the world,” Haley said. “Others aspire to it. Enemies are threatened by it. That’s why it’s so destructive when the Biden administration blames America first and falsely puts us on par with dictators, murderers, and thieves around the world.”
Abercrombie-Winstanley is not the only senior Biden appointee who has championed such language. Senior adviser Desirée Cormier Smith criticized white State Department staffers in an October podcast. She told the hosts white diplomats act in an overly “protective” manner and did not want foreigners to “sully the … perfect shining city on a hill.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) said the woke turn from the State Department emboldens America’s adversaries, taking focus off of their own human-rights abuses. Russia and China have both used progressive talking points in an effort to undermine confidence in the Biden administration, even as both countries oppress racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities with brutal crackdowns.
During Mike Pompeo’s tenure at the State Department, it became more diverse.