CV NEWS FEED // More far-left social media posts of Col. Kareem “Monty” Montague, President Joe Biden’s pick to be a brigadier general in the Army, have surfaced in the past few days.
In a September 2017 Facebook post, Montague used a biblical metaphor to express his support for the then-ongoing NFL national anthem kneeling protests initiated by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“Do you remember why Moses and his people spent 40 years in the desert?” Montague wrote. “Mostly, it was because they were foolish (and impatient) and they forgot that symbols are not the real thing.”
The Army officer proceeded to compare the American flag to the golden calf from Exodus Chapter 32:
Worshipping a golden calf was an insult to God. I wear a flag on my uniform, fly one on my house (properly), and my kids put their hands are their hearts when retreat plays on base. But I don’t fight for a flag, or an anthem. I fight for America and it’s ideals. Those two things are not the same and the difference is essential.
In the same post, Montague dismissed Kaepernick’s millions of critics, who argued that nationally televised NFL games were not the proper forum for him to spread his political message:
News flash for the “stop politicizing my sports” crowd, protests are supposed to be messy. That’s the point, sometimes you have to shut down a city bus line to point out the obvious. We’d love to have a nuanced debate on CSPAN, but most of you who are blissfully ignorant of a particular issue would miss it. You’re too busy watching football.
The colonel continued to praise Kaepernick in the nearly 1,000-word post: “Can you say you believe in capitalism and then criticize someone who develops a skill and earns an income that the market will bear? They don’t owe you anything,” Montague wrote:
I always find it interesting how so many characterize abilities and hard work. They are doing something you can’t do. The tough situation that minority entertainers have always found themselves in.
As CatholicVote previously reported, Montague is one of the hundreds of military officials whose pending promotions, which require Senate confirmation, have been delayed by the efforts of Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-AL in his effort to end the Department of Defense’s new pro-abortion policy.
Per Fred Lucas of The Daily Signal, the politically outspoken colonel “has been awaiting confirmation” to become a one-star general since March. By then, the senator from Alabama had already announced he would begin his series of “holds,” which meant Montague’s promotion hopes would remain in limbo.
“The Secretary of Defense is following through with his radical plan to facilitate thousands of abortions a year with taxpayer dollars,” Tuberville said in March. “So, I will follow through with my plan to hold all Department of Defense (DoD) civilian, flag, and general officer nominations that come before the U.S. Senate.”
“Tuberville’s announcement was lightning fast, coming on the heels of an announcement just one day earlier from the Pentagon,” CatholicVote reported at the time:
The Pentagon issued three policies aimed at providing what the liberal news site Politico called “easing access to abortion and other reproductive care for troops and family members.”
While Tuberville’s holds were started exclusively as an effort to rid the military of taxpayer-funded abortion, they have also succeeded in keeping Montague and several other “woke” officers out of higher ranks.
As CatholicVote described in late August, Montague’s other past social media posts have also highlighted his far-left views on race, including one asking visitors to Stone Mountain to remember the “treason” and “bloodshed” of Confederate Generals, and another supporting the successful discontinuation of the breakfast brand Aunt Jemima.
As Lucas also reported, other posts by Montague have praised Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former President Barack Obama while harshly criticizing the Republican Party.
In August 2016, when Obama was Commander-in-Chief of the Military, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford went on the record saying that active-duty military personnel “must remain apolitical.”
“Importantly, as an institution, the American people cannot be looking at us as a special-interest group or a partisan organization,” Dunford then said of the military. “They have to look at us as an apolitical organization that swears an oath to the Constitution of the United States – not an individual, not a party, not a branch of government – the Constitution of the United States.”
Tom Jones, the President of the American Accountability Foundation (AAF), went after Montague for his political rhetoric. “When we take a look at Col. Montague, you quickly discover that he’s beloved by the Army brass not because he’s a war fighter, but because he’s a social justice warrior,” said Jones.
Jones cautioned that the DoD “needs to start over on these promotions and select men and women on merit, not on political activism.”
In addition to Montague, Tuberville’s holds have also delayed the promotion of a Navy officer who publicly bragged about attending an LGBT “pride” celebration.
“I hate to have to do this, but they’re going to listen,” he said.