US secretary of State on last day in office equates 'wokeness' with totalitarianism

US secretary of State on last day in office equates 'wokeness' with totalitarianism

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Christie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group America needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries MORE on his final full day in office said that “wokeness” is equivalent with totalitarianism, and that “multiculturalism” is not “who America is.”

“Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they're not who America is. They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker,” Pompeo tweeted in what appeared to be a parting shot at the left as he leaves office. 

Pompeo, whose ancestors came to the U.S. from Italy, also reupped a past statement saying “Censorship, wokeness, political correctness, it all points in one direction – authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness.”

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The message comes at the tail end of a 19-day messaging blitz on Pompeo’s social media profiles touting what he views as the Trump administration’s greatest accomplishments.

Pompeo has drawn criticism during his stint as secretary of State for politicizing the department. Detractors have pointed to a number of instances, including when he addressed the Republican National Convention from Jerusalem and when he suggested in November that there “will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” even after President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE was projected to lose the White House race to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE

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His remarks Tuesday also came the day before Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Harris facilitates coin toss at Howard University football game Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE (D-Calif.) is set to become the nation’s first woman of color to be vice president.

“Talk about not reading the room,” fired back Lewis Lukens, the former deputy ambassador in London. 

Pompeo is widely viewed as a potential contender for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, and his remarks could be an effort to bolster support among conservatives as Republicans already begin jockeying for position in a post-Trump Republican Party.