Senator Ted Cruz has just written a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin demanding a meeting with the Commandant of the Marine Corp over the attacks on Tucker Carlson last week for daring to criticize how identity politics are being forced on the military:
Under Biden, the military is launching political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians who criticize their policy decisions.
Officials in uniform are being used for the campaign.
I’ve demanded a meeting with the Commandant of the USMC to put a stop to it. pic.twitter.com/Ihl8xRJr0S
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 14, 2021
The full letter for you to read is enlarged at the bottom of the post.
Here’s more from DC Examiner:
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.”
HOW THIS STARTED…
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.
This is the initial segment:
And this is the video of Tucker responding to the military’s criticism of his segment:
DC Examiner continues…
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.”
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.
— U.S. Space Command, Command Senior Enlisted Leader (@US_SpaceComCSEL) March 11, 2021
“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.”
You can read the full letter from Cruz below:
ARTICLE SOURCE: newsthud.com