Tucker Carlson has once again set the military in his sights and fired back at the Pentagon after he was berated by military leaders for comments he made about changes in the Defense Department to attract more women into the armed forces.
The changes include updating grooming standards allowing for a wider range of hairstyles to be admitted as well as redesigning flight suits to fit better for those who are pregnant.
But Carlson did not appear to appreciate the changes and slammed what he called ‘woke generals’ after they criticized him for comments made earlier in the week when he said the changes ‘made a mockery of the U.S. military.’
Carlson said on his Fox News show on Friday night: ‘We were almost rattled. Then we realized if the woke generals treat us like they’ve treated the Taliban, we’ll be fine. Twenty years later, the Taliban are still here. Maybe we ought to promise the Pentagon that we’ll get rid of traditional gender roles on this show. Change the pronouns, defeat the patriarchy, and all that. Then they’d send us millions in unmarked $100 bills as a reward.’
A war of words between Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and the military is continuing
Army chiefs mounted a quick defense in response to Carlson’s comments including the most senior enlisted member of the Army, Sergeant Major Michael Grinston
Grinston tweeted out more pictures of female recruits in various pursuits of their Army life
Carlson outraged senior military officials and veterans with his remarks on Tuesday as conservative host railed against the promotion of two female generals that were becoming combat commanders and the recently updated guidelines for maternity flight suits and permissible hair styles.
General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost of the Air Force and Lt. General Laura J. Richardson of the Army were nominated to lead two of the military’s combatant commands.
‘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,’ Carlson said.
‘While China’s military becomes more masculine as it has assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become, as Joe Biden says, more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore, since men and women no longer exist… Again, this is a mockery of the U.S. military and its core mission, which is winning wars,’ he added.
Military leaders were quick to mount a defense of women in their ranks including the Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General Joseph Martin, made a strong statement for women
Others online also tweeted their support for women in the military including this platoon of female paratroopers
Tucker Carlson on Thursday night doubled down on his earlier criticism of military priorities
Expectant mother and Air Force Capt. Beatrice Horne with the 964th Airborne Air Control Squadron helps the Air Force test out a new maternity flight suit in January
On Thursday Carlson doubled down on his stance.
‘Maybe pregnant women make the best pilots,’ he said.
‘As the Department of Defense measures everything, there’s got to be extensive research on this question.
‘If the Pentagon can show pregnant pilots are the best, we will be the first to demand an entire air force of pregnant pilots.’
Military leaders were quick to mount a defense of women in their ranks.
‘Women lead our most lethal units with character,’ tweeted Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston.
‘They will dominate ANY future battlefield we’re called to fight on. @TuckerCarlson’s words are divisive, don’t reflect our values. We have THE MOST professional, educated, agile, and strongest [noncommissioned officer] Corps in the world.’
‘Anyone willing to put on the bomb suit is welcome on my team,’ he later tweeted.
‘Women are an integral part of our force. We could not complete the mission without them,’ tweeted Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General Joseph Martin.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby relayed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s ‘revulsion’ at Carlson’s remarks.
‘I would hope that in the reaction he’s seeing, and hopefully in our reaction here today, that he’ll realize the mistake he made and express some regret about the manner in which he essentially demeaned the entire U.S. military, and how we defend and how we serve this country,’ he said.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed ‘revulsion’ at Carlson’s remarks
Senior Airman Clare Slater aims her M9 gun at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, in 2018
Full Tucker Carlson segment responding to the DOD’s criticisms of his show:
“If the Pentagon can show that pregnant pilots are the best, we will be the first to demand an entire air force of them.”
“The U.S. military is not a vehicle for achieving equity.” pic.twitter.com/kK2mZBWrOr
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 12, 2021
The Air Force in 2019 removed flight duty restrictions on pregnant women, in part to deal with a pilot shortage. After complaints from pregnant aviators that their uniforms did not fit, the service branch began testing maternity flight suits earlier this year, a development touted by Biden in his remarks.
Carlson accused Biden of forgetting that the military was designed to fight wars, and said the Commander In Chief was instead using the armed forces as a sign of his ‘wokeness’.
‘Finding the most effective military pilots or infantry officers or seal teams is not his priority, it’s not even close to his priority,’ Carlson said.
‘Identity politics is Joe Biden’s priority, it’s all that matters.
‘You see this attitude throughout the U.S. Government as well as in the corporate world.
‘Key positions filled based on the basis of physical appearance, without any reference to ability or experience.’
Marine Corps recruit Kylieanne Fortin, 20, goes through close combat training at Parris Island
Carlson said it was fine it you worked for a bank, which was only beholden to its shareholders.
‘It is not fine if you are only job is to protect the United States from people who want to kill the rest of us,’ he continued.
‘That is the worst kind of dereliction of duty. Yet, it’s happening right now.’
Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night mocked efforts to recruit and retain more military women
Van Ovost on Thursday addressed the Women’s Air and Space Power Symposium
John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, condemned Carlson’s words on Thursday
Carlson mocked the military for what he termed its ‘woke’ obsession with recruiting women
On Thursday the Pentagon took the unusual step of issuing a press release condemning Carlson’s words.
‘Press Secretary Smites Fox Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military,’ they titled their article, which quoted John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman.
Kirby described ‘the diversity of our military’ as ‘one of our greatest strengths’ and acknowledged that ‘we still have a lot of work to do to make our military more inclusive, more respectful of everyone, especially women.’
He continued: ‘But what we absolutely won’t do is take personnel advice from a talk show host or the Chinese military.
‘Now, maybe those folks feel like they have something to prove. That’s on them.
‘We know we’re the greatest military in the world today, and even for all the things we need to improve, we know exactly why that’s so.’
Senator Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs in Iraq, joined the condemnation, tweeting: ‘F*ck Tucker Carlson.’
Duckworth mocked Carlson by pointing to his 2006 performance on the television show ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ which resulted in him being quickly eliminated from the competition.
‘While he was practicing his two-step, America’s female warriors were hunting down Al Qaeda and proving the strength of America’s women,’ she tweeted.
‘Happy belated International Women’s Day to everyone but Tucker, who even I can dance better than.’
Senator Tammy Duckworth led the criticism of Carlson’s remarks
Duckworth was a Black Hawk pilot before losing both her legs in combat in Iraq
Army Gen. Paul Funk, head of Training and Doctrine Command, tweeted on Wednesday that female service members are ‘beacons of freedom’ who ‘prove Carlson wrong through determination and dedication. We are fortunate they serve with us.’
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston also tweeted on Wednesday that women ‘lead our most lethal units with character. They will dominate ANY future battlefield we’re called to fight on. @TuckerCarlson’s words are divisive, don’t reflect our values.’
John B. Richardson, deputy commanding general of Fort Hood, tweeted: ‘Mothers in uniform fight & win our nation’s wars. Fathers in uniform fight & win our nation’s wars.
‘Soldier is not a gendered noun. America’s army is made up of countless mothers and fathers. Being a parent (& being pregnant) does NOT negatively impact on our nation’s defense.’
Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker, the top enlisted leader at U.S. Space Command, released a video message on Thursday denouncing ‘drama TV.’
He urged soldiers to ‘get back to work’ and ‘remember that those opinions were made by an individual who has never served a day in his life.’
His comments also infuriated military women.
Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot who challenged Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky senate seat in November, tweeted: ‘Hey
@TuckerCarlson, I’ve logged 20 years in the Corps, 2000 flight hours, 3 combat tours, 3 kids delivered on active duty. How about you?’
Carlson later responded to their criticism.
‘You hear politicians like Tammy Duckworth say it’s unpatriotic to question the Pentagon unless you have served in the military yourself. You haven’t earned that right.
‘Really?’ he asked.
‘Could only cops talk about police brutality? If you haven’t been elected to office, are you allowed to criticize Congress?
‘They’re not making a real argument, they are trying to silence dissent.’
Carlson also ridiculed the Pentagon press statement about him, accusing the military leadership of coordinating an assault on him.
‘The DOD even issued a news release attacking us,’ he said.
”Press secretary smites Fox News host’ – like we are a hostile foreign power.
‘We suspect this is one they may actually win: they have got a manpower advantage.
‘Since when does the Pentagon declare war on a domestic news operation?’
Carlson concluded that the incident was ‘deeply worrisome’ for the country.