‘Get right before you get left, boomer’: Marines backtrack after jumping into Fox host Tucker Carlson’s row with Pentagon
“What it looks like in today’s armed forces [Tucker Carlson], Get right before you get left, boomer,” the Marines tweeted on Friday, accompanying the tweet with an image of a smiling female officer carrying a fellow officer.
What it looks like in today’s armed forces @TuckerCarlson Get right before you get left, boomer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#Women#WeAreMarines#TuckerCarlson#FoxNews#marines#currentlyserving#USMCWomenhttps://t.co/eAi3pMCKycpic.twitter.com/3ISzaZxLJa— II MEF Information Group (@iimigofficial) March 12, 2021
“Please focus on China and not Tucker Carlson,” one person responded, prompting them to reply: “Come back when you’ve served and been pregnant.”
Come back when you’ve served and been pregnant— II MEF Information Group (@iimigofficial) March 12, 2021
The peculiar exchange drew backlash, with some people saying the Marines have their priorities misplaced.
I served. OIF and OEF. My son was born when my feet were knee deep in Afghan soil. You are embarrassing me, my brothers and sisters. My team is below. Don’t lecture me or anyone else about women in our Corps. You have lost your way @CMC_MarineCorpspic.twitter.com/mTbeRGsf0M— Andrew Nutting (@NuttingAndrew) March 13, 2021
Some have accused them of attacking civilians on social media, and questioned the use of taxpayer money.
After getting ratioed for its posts, the account issued an apology of sorts on Saturday.
“We are human, and that tweet was intended to support our female warfighters,” the Twitter account for the II Marine Expeditionary Force said. “We can do better, and we will collectively take a knee, review our procedures and get back in the fight. Our focus is to train, fight and win.”
We are human and that tweet was intended to support our female warfighters. We can do better and we will collectively take a knee, review our procedures, and get back in the fight. Our focus is to train, fight, and win.— II MEF Information Group (@iimigofficial) March 13, 2021
This did not appease the critics, however. Former Trump administration official Andrew Kloster asked the Marines what would be done to ensure that this Twitter-ranting episode never happens again.
“What protocol changes will be announced to ensure that this kind of waste of taxpayer funds doesn’t occur again in the future? Perhaps the [Department of Defense Office of Inspector General] can recommend some action items,” he tweeted.
We’ve strayed away from our brand and realize that. Our standard practices will be in effect and you can count on us to correct our mistake going forward.— II MEF Information Group (@iimigofficial) March 13, 2021
The Marines appeared to concede that they “strayed away” from their mission, promising Kloster “to correct our mistake going forward.”
While the Marines took a swipe at Carlson for purportedly attacking women, Army veteran and journalist Virginia Kruta pointed out that the Fox News host never said pregnant women couldn’t serve honorably in the military. His central point was ‘mission first’, she said. While it’s less damaging when other types of jobs are filled based on criteria other than merit, Carlson argued, the military must always be about maximum readiness to “fight and win wars.”
I have.And Tucker's point was that the priority should always be mission first — and the current administration is telegraphing a very different set of priorities.At no point did he say that pregnant women shouldn't serve or couldn't serve honorably.— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) March 13, 2021
Carlson was triggered by President Joe Biden’s comments on Monday about efforts to “really change the culture and habits of the US military” – in particular, a reference to “creating maternity flight suits.” The Fox host said that rather than focusing on addressing the major security threats against the US, especially China, Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are playing identity politics.
The Pentagon’s response was intense, including statements to the media and posts on social media assailing Carlson. A Department of Defense press release was headlined, “Press Secretary Smites Fox Host…” That press secretary, John Kirby, said at a press briefing that the US military is the greatest the world has ever seen “because of its diversity.”Also on rt.com Tucker strikes back: Fox host accuses Pentagon of ‘declaring WAR’ on his show after DOD attacks his comments on pregnant soldiers
The mainstream media obligingly framed Carlson’s critique as an “attack on pregnant women serving in the military.” Others piled on, emphasizing Carlson’s background as a rich kid who never served in the military.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Scott Stalker, the senior enlisted leader in the US Space Command, posted a Twitter video saying Carlson “has never served a day in his life” and that “we value women in our armed forces.”
Carlson argued that disqualifying his arguments based on his lack of military service is like saying someone can't criticize police brutality if they haven't worked in law enforcement.
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