The Army suspended a decorated general for criticizing a tweet by first lady Jill Biden, USA Today reported.
The branch released retired three-star lieutenant general Gary Volesky, a veteran of the wars in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan, from advising senior officers because of his June 25 response to a Jill Biden tweet about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Roe v. Wade.
"For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies," the first lady tweeted. "Today, that right was stolen from us."
"Glad to see you finally know what a woman is," Volesky replied.
Volesky's tweet has since been taken down.
Volesky was likely talking about Biden's support for transgender rights, a cause the military has also embraced. As Russia this year began its bloodthirsty invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. Army was training officers on "gender pronouns" and "when to offer soldiers gender transition surgery," the Washington Free Beacon reported. Top-ranking General Mark Milley, who secretly promised to warn the Chinese People's Liberation Army about U.S. military actions, has in recent years embraced left-wing causes, saying he wants to "understand white rage" and apologizing for appearing with former president Donald Trump.
This is the second time this month that the Army has punished service members for disagreeing with someone in the Biden White House. The Army announced July 1 that it will deprive soldiers of pay and benefits if they do not comply with the administration's vaccine mandate.
Volesky, who retired in 2020, received the Silver Star, the military's third-highest decoration for valor, the New York Post reported. He served as the Army's chief of public affairs from 2012 to 2014 and commanded the 101st Airborne Division.