The U.S. Marine Corps is now walking back a snide comment posted to social media attacking Fox News host Tucker Carlson over criticisms that he made against military leadership last week.
Carlson questioned the Pentagon’s priorities on Thursday after it announced that the creation of flight suits for pregnant women amid escalating tensions between China and the U.S.
The II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Information Group (IG) responded to Carlson on Friday through a slew of tweets that have since been deleted.
“What it looks like in today’s armed forces @TuckerCarlson. Get right before you get left, boomer,” the II MEF IG posted to the social media site with a photo of a female soldier carrying another, the Washington Examiner reported.
In another post responding to a critical Twitter user, the unit’s official account said: “Come back when you’ve served and been pregnant.”
Stars and Stripes tweeted: “Joining a larger debate over the role of women in the military, @iimigofficial‘s quipped back at one commenter, “Come back when you’ve served and been pregnant.” The account later apologized for the apparent overreach after online backlash.”
The U.S. Marine Corps later walked back the posts after taking some heat for launching “political attacks” against civilian and media figures, according to the Daily Wire.
“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,” a spokesperson for the Marines stated.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) demanded a meeting with the commandant of the Marine Corps on Sunday over a string of military officials and accounts made efforts to “intimidate” Carlson. Cruz sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin condemning the “campaign” against Carlson. The senator added that the campaign “has alternated between being ostentatiously childish and simply outrageous.”
“I am deeply troubled that the commitments you made, and the military’s broader obligation to avoid political endorsements or controversy, are being systematically undermined for the sake of left-wing ideology and political expediency,” Cruz told Austin.
“The last week has seen the Pentagon mobilize systematic, public attacks against television host Tucker Carlson that in substance, tone, and political resonance are inexplicably inappropriate.”
Cruz noted that the command senior enlisted leader of the U.S. Space Command, the sergeant major of the Army, and commanding general of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence have all had no qualms in taking part in the attack against the Fox News host.
“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,” Cruz said. “This kind of behavior, while perhaps typical in a military-controlled Third World country, is completely unacceptable in the United States of America.”
“I cannot imagine how … [the] behavior can be explained, and I am deeply concerned about what it portends for the direction that you and [President Joe Biden] intend to move the military,” he added.
Dana Loesch tweeted on Sunday: “The argument that you cannot share an opinion on military policy unless you’ve served is an unAmerican one that refutes the very nature of our founding: ‘of the people, by the people, for the people,’ not the gov’t or military or any other institution.”