Pompeo, Who Celebrated His Own Italian Roots, Roasted For Tweet Opposing ‘Multiculturalism’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as he meets with civil society leaders in Tbilisi, Georgia, on November 18, 2020. - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to reassure the Caucasus nation of Georgia over Was... Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as he meets with civil society leaders in Tbilisi, Georgia, on November 18, 2020. - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to reassure the Caucasus nation of Georgia over Washington's commitment to strengthening ties during a visit to the region where Russia is asserting its influence. (Photo by Patrick Semansky / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 19, 2021 1:52 p.m.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday pandered to an increasingly mainstreamed brand of white nationalism and railed against the nation’s multicultural underpinnings by attacking “all the -isms” which he declared on his final full day as the nation’s top diplomat “make us weaker.”

“Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they’re not who America is,” Pompeo a self-described “proud” descendant of Italian immigrants, tweeted on Tuesday morning. “They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker.”

The opposition to “all the -isms,” made by a Cabinet official and posted on a government account meant to represent the position of the United States abroad, could be interpreted as giving cover to the racist ideologies of the white supremacist groups who were part of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

The outgoing State Department official was met with swift backlash, as lawmakers and experts condemned the comments, which come just a day before Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a multiracial woman of color, is inaugurated.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) noted that he was at least appreciative that Pompeo had laid bare and was “not hiding” his belief in a claim that those who do not share European ancestry are effectively not American.

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