Military Diversity Chief Investigated Over Social Posts

Special Operations Command’s new diversity chief is under investigation for sharing controversial posts on social media.

Video Transcript

TERACE GARNIER: A top military official is under investigation after sharing controversial posts on social media. And that official, Special Operations Command's new diversity chief.

It took just hours for the backlash against Richard Torres Estrada to begin. As news broke of his new role, these memes began to surface. This one depicts former President Trump in a similar pose as Adolf Hitler. Another showing the Three Bears being arrested outside a home with the caption, quote, "If you still don't understand how racism works, remember, she-- meaning Goldilocks-- broke into their house. #StopRacism."

He also made other posts depicting members of Congress, like a missing poster of Senator Ted Cruz. Now members of Congress are adding to the growing chorus of concerns. In a letter to the Defense Secretary, Republican Congressman Bill Johnson of Ohio described Torres Estrada's posts as disqualifying, and demanded his resignation. Pentagon press Secretary John Kirby says the Defense Secretary is aware of the investigation.

JOHN KIRBY: He appreciated the being kept apprised of that and that he supports the work that they're doing to look at this more deeply.

TERACE GARNIER: Torres Estrada was touted as having two decades of experience working in federal agency diversity programs when he was appointed.

No timeline on when the investigation will be complete, but we do know that Torres Estrada is assigned to other duties for now. Terace Garnier, Newsy, the Pentagon.