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Banks Grills representative said eating red meat was “far-right”

Republican Study Committee chairman Jim Banks (R-IN), at a hearing Wednesday, asked a witness why she tweeted that eating red meat was “far-right.”

The hearing was organized by Democrats on the theme of “Domestic Violent Extremist Groups and Recruitment of Veterans,” as part of Democrats’ campaign to tackle “extremism” in the military and among the military. veterans following the demonstrations on Capitol Hill on January 6. .

One of the Democrats’ witnesses, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the American University’s Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab, has tweeted several times in 2020 and this year about how to eat red meat was on the far right.

Miller-Idriss tweeted on Aug 13, 2020:

Using the term “red meat” like this is part of a multi-year set of messages about meat, masculinity, and what the “government” or “liberals” are trying to take away. … The consumption of red meat is defended by the far right as a celebration of virility.

She tweeted about “red meat” again on February 20, saying:

Lots of attention to red meat and the far right floating around this week, so jump here to recommend my discussion on this in the food and fashion chapter in Hate in the Homeland.

There’s a lot going on, but in short, the “real” Americans eating red meat are opposed to the soy-eating, emasculated liberals who want to take out American burgers and impose vegetarianism as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gases. . At the extreme, there’s the all-meat diet, which signals hypermasculine, hunter-predator-type virility.

Banks, a Navy veteran, called the hearing “extremely offensive” and told Miller-Idriss why she tweeted that eating red meat was “right-wing.” The banks said:

Mr. President, I hope all American veterans watch this hearing today and hear from you and the majority party that controls this committee that our veterans are so stupid and likely to become national terrorists as you and the Democrats. must save them.

“It is extremely offensive and dangerous. I would have liked us to talk about a lot of other issues like the increase in veteran suicides and other issues affecting our veterans, but it’s back, ”he said.

He noted that the Biden administration’s strategy to combat domestic terrorism did not include violent left-wing extremist groups, including Antifa and Black Lives Matter, although they caused $ 2 billion in damage across the board. the country during the riots last summer.

To Miller-Idriss he said:

You have come up with many disturbing statements that can cause people to question your credibility. In an eight-tweeted Twitter thread on August 13, you said that “meat consumption is used to evoke both pro-American and anti-government sentiments” and that “red meat consumption is championed by the far right. as a celebration of virility “. ‘

Banks also asked her about her tweet suggesting that “far-right” soup kitchens were putting pork in lentil soup to “exclude Muslims and Jews.”

“Does eating red meat make someone an extremist?” ” he asked him.

Miller-Idriss replied, “Of course not, eating red meat doesn’t make someone an extremist any more than being a military person makes someone an extremist.” She also claimed that she was a “red meat eater” herself.

She suggested that talking about red meat was “a manipulation tactic” used by some extremist groups.

Banks called his rhetoric “dangerous.” He said:

When supposed academics describe normal daily behavior as problematic, it vilifies an entire community of peaceful people and leads to policies like the ones we are currently seeing at the FBI, which is now investigating parents as extremists for opposing the law. critical theory of race.

Another Democratic witness, Jeremy Butler, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, accused Banks of “obscuring” and “disinformation.”

Banks concluded, “Mr. President, I think this hearing is offensive and the fact that you are going to prevent our veterans from becoming political terrorists is offensive to all veterans in America.

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