President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday evening that banned certain race and sex-based training from federal contractors, as well as the military and federal agencies — a follow-up move to a previous memo to end “critical race theory” and “white privilege” training for executive employees that the Trump administration has called “anti-American propaganda.”
A memo earlier this month from Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought on the same issue applied just to “executive branch agencies.” The Tuesday order said that “Executive departments and agencies… our Uniformed Services, Federal contractors, and Federal grant recipients” are required to avoid such trainings that “are pushing a different vision of America that is grounded in hierarchies based on collective social and political identities rather than in the inherent and equal dignity of every person as an individual.”
The order adds: “This ideology is rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as human beings and Americans.”
TRUMP ENDS ‘CRITICAL RACE THEORY’ TRAINING FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, CALLS IT A ‘SICKNESS’
Trump announced the order in a pair of tweets.
“A few weeks ago, I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies,” Trump said. “Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business … with our Country, the United States Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees. Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!”
As examples of things that would be against the new rules, the executive order lists a training from Argonne National Laboratories that