Various U.S. Military officials criticized Fox News' Tucker Carlson over the last few days for comments he made about the military becoming "more feminine" under President Joe Biden's leadership.
The row over Carlson's comments come at the same time as results leaked from a "highly classified war game" emerged. Air Force Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote said the simulation showed "if the U.S. military doesn't change course," that in a potential challenge from emerging world powers, "we're going to lose fast."
"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 had said. "While China's military becomes more masculine … our military needs to become, as Joe Biden says, more feminine. It's out of control, and the Pentagon's going along with this. Again, this is a mockery of the U.S. military and its core mission, which is winning wars."
The U.S. Department of Defense published an article in response to Carlson on Thursday titled, "Press Secretary Smites Fox Host That Dissed Diversity in U.S. Military." Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said there is a lack of women in senior ranks in the U.S. Military.
"What we absolutely won't do is take personnel advice from a talk show host or the Chinese military. Maybe those folks feel like they have something to prove — that's on them."
U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Scott H. Stalker responded to Carlson on the U.S. Space Command's official government Twitter account on Thursday.
"I'll remind everyone that [Carlson's] opinion, which he has a right to, is based off actually zero days of service in the armed forces," Stalker said.
Commanding officer Brian Russell said on Thursday that Twitter is full of "great responses" to Carlson.
A segment of the U.S. Marines — II MEF Information Group — also responded from their official Twitter account on Friday.
"Get right before you get left, boomer," said II MEF Information Group to Carlson on Twitter.
A user replied to the group, telling them to "focus on China and not Tucker Carlson." The group said, "Come back when you've served and been pregnant."