The Biden administration is facing a backlash after military members used government resources to attack a private citizen over political comments, as the Daily Wire reports.
The whole situation started with President Joe Biden stating on International Women’s Day last week that the U.S. military should work on “designing body armor that fits women properly; tailoring combat uniforms for women; creating maternity flight suits; updating — updating requirements for their hairstyles.”
Responding to Biden’s statement on his Fox News show on Tuesday night, host Tucker Carlson questioned the military’s priorities:
So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits. Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It’s a mockery of the U.S. military. While China’s military becomes more masculine, as it’s assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become more feminine — whatever feminine means anymore, because men and women no longer exist. The bottom line is it’s out of control. The Pentagon is going along with it. This is a mockery of the U.S. military and its core mission, which is winning wars.
U.S. military under Biden targets a cable news personality
The Department of Defense (DOD) first responded to Carlson’s criticism by publishing an article on its official website, titled, “Press Secretary Smites Fox Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military.”
In the article, the DOD claimed the Carlson “used his show to denigrate the contributions of women in the military and to say the Chinese military is catching up to the U.S. military because it does not allow women to serve in the percentage the United States does.” Carlson, as seen above, did no such thing.
The DOD’s article allowed Carlson to double-down on his initial suggestion that the U.S. military may not have its priorities in order under the Biden administration, since it is now spending time attack a cable news personality, and that’s what Carlson did on Thursday. “The Department of Defense has never been more aggressively or openly political,” Carlson said, asking, “Since when does the Pentagon declare war on a domestic news operation?”
Biden’s military officials, however, didn’t stop there. Rather, they further attacked Carlson using more government resources.
U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Scott H. Stalker, for example, used the U.S. Space Command’s official government Twitter account to go after Carlson. He said in a video that Carlson’s criticism of the U.S. military is not valid because Carlson “has never served a day in his life.”
And, the U.S. Marines’ II MEF Information Group, on its official account, went after Carlson in several posts, stating in one, “Get right before you get left, boomer,” and, in another, “Come back when you’ve served and been pregnant.”
Now, the Biden administration is facing criticism for allowing all of this. Human Events Managing Editor Ian Miles Cheong wrote that “China’s military is laughing at the US Marines for getting triggered by a TV host and ignoring their military buildup in the Pacific.” See more responses at the Daily Wire here.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on Twitter Sunday, “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.” In a letter to the Defense Secretary, Cruz noted:
This spectacle risking 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 Biden administration, except for Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby, has yet to address the situation. Kirby was quoted in the DOD’s article as saying that “the diversity of our military is one of our greatest strengths.”