Mark Green, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Army, withdraws after recent controversial statements spurred growing criticism of his nomination.
Green, a state lawmaker from Tennessee and retired Army flight surgeon, had worked from his state legislative position to encourage the state to deny marriage licenses to same sex couples. It was recently made public that Green was on tape saying anti-LGBT comments on a radio show too. He used the word “evil” to describe Americans who are transgender and went so far to say that they must be “crushed.” He also nonsensically compared transgender individuals to ISIS militants.
Of course, Green took no responsibility for his hateful statements and instead blamed the criticism of his nomination as being unfair targeting due to his Christian beliefs. Green claimed in his statement:
“Tragically, my life of public service and my Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized and attacked by a few on the other side of the aisle for political gain… While these false attacks have no bearing on the needs of the Army or my qualifications to serve, I believe it is critical to give the President the ability to move forward with his vision to restore our military to its rightful place in the world.”
As you might expect, the community was happy to hear of Green’s withdrawal as Trump’s nominee for Army Secretary.
Ashley Broadway Mack, the American Military Partner Association President explained:
“Mark Green should never have even been considered for Secretary of the Army… His vicious attacks on LGBT people should have been disqualifying from the very beginning. It took an overwhelming chorus of voices speaking out in outrage over the nomination, but we are pleased that in the end, what is best for our military families has prevailed. The U.S. Army needs leadership that will ensure all of our service members and their families have the support they need and deserve, and Mark Green was clearly not that leader.”
Green is actually the second person to withdraw his nomination as Trump’s Army Secretary. It was just a few weeks ago that Vincent Viola withdraw after financial divestiture issues. In addition, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, withdrew his nomination as well as a result of being unable to divest financial holdings.
It is not yet clear who Trump’s next nominee for Army Secretary will be, but they say third time’s a charm!