Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade was apparently attempting to one-up General Mark Milley on air when he claimed he read Adolph Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf as part of his high school curriculum.
Gen. Milley recently said he read Mao Tse Tung and Karl Marx during a congressional hearing, noting having read their writings didn't automatically make him a communist.
Milley, the Joint Defense Chiefs of Staff Chairman, was defending the study of Critical Race Theory at military schools. He stated members of the military should be educated, "well read" and "open minded," especially on issues like Critical Race Theory.
"So it is important that the leaders, now and in the future, do understand it. I've read Mao Tse Tung. I've read Karl Marx. I've read Lenin. That doesn't make me a communist."
"So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about what the country for which we are here to defend?"
In reference to Milley's statement, Fox News pundit Kilmeade said Milley "totally missed the point."
"He said, 'Oh, I read Mao, I read Stalin.' That has nothing to do with it."
Then the Fox host brought up Hitler's Mein Kampf and did exactly what he accused Milley of—completely missed the point.
"We read Mein Kampf in school. No one thought we were Nazis. That is part of the curriculum."
"You find out about other things and other insurgencies. We get it. That has nothing to do with critical race theory.
You can see Kilmeade's claim here:
Twitter users were highly dubious of Kilmeade's claim.
They were also confused about what Kilmeade's literary history had to do with anything.
Kilmeade attended Massapequa High School in the 80s, in Long Island, New York.
HuffPost noted the school could not be reached for comment about their curriculum at that time.