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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 PompeoTrump to attend private RNC donor retreat On China, is Biden channeling Trump or Trump's administration? They're not the same House Republican calls on Biden to boycott Beijing Olympics 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 TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE was projected to lose the White House race to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE

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His remarks Tuesday also came the day before Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisCollins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill Biden's immigration bill could wreck his majority, but Democrats have opportunity to do the right thing 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.