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Ted Cruz demands meeting with Marine Corps leadership after 'inexplicably inappropriate' attacks on Tucker Carlson

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 3/15/2021 Carly Ortiz-Lytle
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Sen. Ted Cruz took aim at “ostentatiously childish and simply outrageous” statements and videos released by members and units of the U.S. military in response to a segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight.

“I am deeply troubled that the commitments you made, and the military's broader obligation to avoid political endorsements and controversy, are being systematically undermined for the sake of leftwing ideology and political expediency,” the Texas Republican wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Cruz then said the Pentagon launched “systematic, public attacks against television host Tucker Carlson that in substance, tone, and political resonance are inexplicably inappropriate.”

The senator’s letter comes in the wake of comments made by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, in which he said the U.S. military was becoming “more feminine” while China’s military was emphasizing masculinity. Carlson used the segment to attack President Biden’s leadership, as well as Austin, arguing that “identity politics” was Biden’s only focus and Austin was “openly political” — a posture Carlson argued was antagonistic to a democratic system.

Cruz added that he was “deeply concerned” about what these behaviors mean for the future direction of the armed forces.

Pentagon officials responded to the Fox News segment forcefully, with the Defense Department releasing a statement titled “ Press Secretary Smites Fox Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military.” Cruz specifically mentioned the press statement in his letter, writing that it was “far beneath the dignity of the United States Military.”

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Cruz also pointed to videos and posts by active-duty members of the military, including the II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, and the Senior Enlisted Leader of U.S. Space Command, responding to the Tucker Carlson Tonight segment on official accounts or in uniform.

In a now-deleted tweet, the II MEF Information Group called Carlson a “boomer” and told him to “get right before you get left.” After being criticized for that post, the Twitter account replied to someone who asked them to focus on China instead of focusing on Fox News, saying, "Come back when you've served and been pregnant."

“The unit is currently reviewing their internal procedures for social media posts. While the post was intended to show support for women in the military, it was not executed according to the standards of decorum expected on the Marine Corps’ social media platforms,” Captain Andrew Wood of the Marine Corps told the Washington Examiner.

The senior enlisted leader of the Space Force, Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker, also responded to Carlson, suggesting Carlson’s opinion was uninformed because the longtime television host has never served in the military.

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“This spectacle risks politicizing the military after several centuries of efforts to keep military officials out of domestic affairs, undermining civil-military relations by having the military take a side in a contentious cultural dispute, and the perception that military leaders are happily weaponizing the institution against political critics of the sitting administration,” the senator wrote in his letter. “This kind of behavior, while perhaps typical in a military-controlled Third World country, is completely unacceptable in the United States of America.”

Cruz has requested a meeting with the Commandant of the U.S. Marines Gen. David H. Berger, to discuss the issues raised by Cruz.

Tags: News, Defense, Congress, Senate, US Senator Ted Cruz, US Senator Ted Cruz

Original Author: Carly Ortiz-Lytle

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