During a recent episode of “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News, host Laura Ingraham took an unexpected stance when she called out Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican.

Ingraham called out Turner for his hypocritical inconsistency, noting that while he often appears on Fox News to talk tough, he has consistently voted with Democrats on issues.

Specifically, Ingraham highlighted Turner’s voting record regarding two amendments aimed at defunding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives included in the U.S. Department of Defense budget. She criticized his decision to align with Democrats in shooting them down.

The House Armed Services Committee blocked both measures in votes of 30 to 29. Turner and Nebraska Republican Don Bacon were the only two Republicans to join Democrats in voting against the measures.

“The government has become fat and way too happy with woke – and that includes the Pentagon. During a markup of the National Defense Authorization Act, Republicans – including my next guest – proposed changes that targeted diversity, equity, and inclusion programs,” Ingraham said, before airing a clip of Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz slamming DEI initiatives at a committee hearing.

“Now, one of the amendments Gaetz proposed was to get rid of the Pentagon’s chief diversity officer,” Ingraham said. “Well, it passed, but he wanted to go a step further and eliminate federal funding for all DEI training. That amendment, he says, failed after Republicans joined Democrats to defeat it. Gonna name names.”

She then brought in Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to get his perspective.


“Congressman, we reached out to those two Republicans,” Ingraham said. “And we’re gonna name them. Congressmen Bacon and Turner. Congressman Bacon’s office responded in part, ‘[One] amendment would have totally cut all diversity training for the military, which is unreasonable. All service members should know that racism and sexual harassment are not tolerated in our military.’ That’s a weak response.”

Gaetz noted: “Well, as I explained to Congressman Bacon in the committee, we always have standards in the military that don’t allow people to be racist or harmful to their fellow service members, and none of those standards would have changed.

“The question is whether or not we ought to have these chief diversity officers, and Laura, they are making as much as $183,000 per year. Compare that to a private in the army or an airman or a sergeant working for our military,” Gaetz noted further.

“I tell you what, if the chief diversity officer is what we need to win wars, maybe we should send them all to the frontlines in Ukraine like now. Get them to Taiwan. But, of course, that’s not the case. This dilutes our readiness,” he added. “I’m glad that the structural office has been eliminated, but you always have to follow the money, and that’s why I will continue to pursue efforts to get all of the funding removed.”

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