Ted Cruz is accusing the pentagon of bullying Tucker Carlson over his comments about women in the military. He was “triggered” by tweets that originated from the II Marine Expeditionary Force’s Twitter account criticizing Carlson and showing support for women in the military.
Cruz demanded a personal meeting with Marine Corps leadership to explain why officials in charge of some service social media accounts insulted and “intimidated” conservative pundit Tucker Carlson for his comments about women in the military.
According to Ted, this is a clear use of the military to undermine civilian leadership. In his letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Cruz wrote:
“These actions run the risk of creating a culture of contempt for our country’s civilian leadership within the enlisted ranks and among junior officers which will be corrosive to the good order and discipline of the military.”
In his “tweet” announcing his intent, Cruz states;
“Under Biden, the military is launching political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians who criticize their policy decisions.”
Under Biden, the military is launching political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians who criticize their policy decisions.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 14, 2021
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. pic.twitter.com/Ihl8xRJr0S
The II Marine Expeditionary Force’s Twitter is an official account. In response to a complaint about one particular tweet from an angry commenter “Come back when you’ve served and been pregnant,” officials removed it and replied.
We are human and we messed up. We intended to speak up for female Marines and it was an effort to support them. They are a crucial part to our corps and we need them to know that. We will adjust fire and ensure the utmost professionalism in our tweets.— II MEF Information Group (@iimigofficial) March 13, 2021
Cruz did not feel that was enough.
Along with the personal meeting with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Beger, Cruz asked for “an official response from the department and implementation of a policy that insulates other units from being similarly mobilized against the speech of American citizens or in the service of left wing political causes.”