Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson attracted some pointed criticism in the aftermath of his recent on-air rant against women in the military — including some harsh pushback from the Pentagon.
Following an apology by the U.S. Marine Corps, however, the conservative host is claiming the moral high ground in his bizarre political skirmish with the branch of the armed forces.
“Get right before you get left”
The Marine Corps was compelled to issue an apology admitting that its social media staff “messed up” in calling Carlson a “boomer” in a tweet referencing his recent remarks.
Beyond that social media post, the Pentagon alarmed many Americans last week with a series of statements singling out the cable news personality — including a press release with the headline “Press Secretary Smites Fox Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military.”
Carlson’s controversial commentary claimed that the U.S. military was becoming too feminine and preoccupied with frivolous ideological issues instead of focusing on national defense.
He slammed President Joe Biden for making a “mockery” of the armed forces with “maternity flight suits” allowing pregnant women to serve on the front lines.
The II Marine Expeditionary Force issued its mea culpa following a series of tweets, including one that included a photo of a female combatant and the caption: “What it looks like in today’s armed forces [Carlson]. Get right before you get left, boomer.”
“We need them to know that”
That tweet was eventually deleted, but the account also took aim at other Twitter users, telling one individual to “come back when you’ve served and been pregnant.”
In a subsequent statement, the group acknowledged its social media statements missed the mark.
“We are human and we messed up,” confirmed the II MEF Information Group. “We intended to speak up for female Marines and it was an effort to support them. They are a crucial part of our corps and we need them to know that. We will adjust fire and ensure the utmost professionalism in our tweets.”
A spokesperson for the Marines went on to tell the Washington Examiner that the tweets were “not executed according to the standards of decorum expected on the Marine Corps’ social media platform,” though the statement is sure to strike more than a few critics as insufficient.
For his part, Carlson has continued to call out the perceived politicization of the Pentagon under Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the Biden administration, blasting the ongoing occupation of D.C. by members of the National Guard troops and reducing the fitness standards of men and women in uniform.