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On Friday, Sept. 4, just hours before the start of Labor Day weekend, Russell Vought, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, issued a memo ordering all federal agencies “to cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund” diversity and inclusion programs for employees.
(via Twitter)“I call on the president … to immediately issue an executive order abolishing critical race theory trainings from the federal government,” said Rufo, declaring that such programs posed “an existential threat to the United States.”
Trump spent Saturday morning retweeting and responding to a deluge of tweets from conservative media and other supporters praising the move, including one that featured a clip from Rufo’s Tucker Carlson appearance with the message: “Critical race theory is the greatest threat to western civilization and it’s made its way into the US federal government, the military, and the justice system.”
He’s also apparently taken it upon himself to make sure Trump’s directive is enforced, tweeting on Monday “I want to issue a warning to every federal department in the United States: if you violate the president’s order on critical race theory, I will find you, expose you, and shut you down.”
Yet Rufo tweeted a quote from his “outraged” whistleblower saying “we got a message this morning confirming” the sessions, leading him to declare , “BOMBSHELL: The @CDCgov is moving forward with a critical race theory training program — in violation of @POTUS ’ executive action.”
Several of the organizations and individuals Rufo targeted told Yahoo News they were not contacted before the White House moved to pull the plug on their programs, and believe the decision was based on claims that were, at best, unsubstantiated, and at worst, deliberately false and misleading.
Rufo repeated his claims about Ross’s training for Treasury Department employees during his Sept. 1 appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show , during which he declared that “critical race theory has become, in essence, the default ideology of the federal bureaucracy and is now being weaponized against the American people” and called on President Trump to take action.
(Erin Lefevre/NurPhoto via Getty Images)The “trove of whistleblower documents” which Rufo posted on his website, are not, as he claims, the syllabus of a “divisive ‘diversity training’ at the Treasury Department,” but rather a handbook of optional recommendations and resources that Ross said he and Cole developed as a companion piece to the webinar.