The Trump administration’s nominee for Army secretary withdrew his nomination Friday after weeks of strong criticism to past comments he made about gays and lesbians, Muslims and other groups.
Mark Green, a Republican state senator in Tennessee, pulled his name from consideration and blamed “false and misleading attacks” against him, according to a short statement he provided to the media.
The Iraq War veteran is President Donald Trump’s second nominee for Army secretary to withdraw after his original choice Vincent Viola also withdrew in February.
Viola, the billionaire owner of the professional ice hockey team Florida Panthers, said he was forced to withdraw because he had difficulties in divesting himself from his businesses.
After Trump nominated Green for the role in April, he immediately came under fire from advocacy groups for LGBT and other minority groups over his past comments.
Several LGBT groups call Green “a social issues warrior” who has worked to undermine gay and lesbian rights as a Tennessee legislator.
100% Fed Up reports:
This is why we can’t have highly qualified candidates for positions in government or business. The social justice warriors pick them apart bit by bit. Anything you may have said in your past is fair game. How sad a statement on our world today…This is just a shame.