Cruz says the army is turning into “pansies,” citing the “woke up” recruitment ad starring a female soldier with two mothers
Update at 11 a.m. Wednesday with HRC comment.
WASHINGTON – Senator Ted Cruz has accused the Army of displaying an image of “pansy” on a recruitment notice showing a soldier raised by two mothers.
He prefers a more macho Russian ad in which muscular soldiers do push-ups and jump out of airplanes.
“Pansy” has long been a slander for gays and weaklings. The Texas Republican’s anti-“woke up” crusade sparked both the indignation of gay rights activists and the ridicule that despite his vehement anti-communism he was turned into “Kremlin Cruz”.
Cruz was characteristically unexcused for fueling cultural fear on the right.
“We see Democratic politicians and these bright left bureaucrats and left media reporters trying to destroy the American military and turn it into a bunch of pansies,” he told Fox News host Harris Faulkner, complaining of a “woken up cancer.” . Undermining US Forces. “The job of the military is to kill the bad guys and scare America’s enemies.”
The turmoil has been simmering since late last week when Cruz retweeted a viral video contrasting the army ad featuring a soldier marching for gay rights as a girl with a Russian recruitment ad that starts and ends with shirtless, chiseled soldiers out of bed with a sniper aiming in the snow.
“Holy crap,” wrote Cruz in a tweet. “Maybe a woken up, emasculated military is not the best idea.”
As is often the case with Cruz adopting an eccentric stance online, critics have piled up, including late-night comics, LGBTQ advocates, and Democratic veterans.
Some accused him of increasing Kremlin propaganda. Some called for more precision: Will the US Army be “emasculated” by having more women in uniform or by being inclusive?
Cruz’s office refused to provide any information. On the Internet, he describes it as dishonest to interpret his comments as an attack on the military and not as an advertising campaign and the progressive ideology it reflects.
“LGBTQ people have been in the military for decades. Senator Cruz may not see them or recognize their humanity or dignity, but they are responsible for upholding our freedom and democracy, ”said Alphonso David, president of the LGBTQ human rights campaign, calling for an attack Soldiers who give their lives for the nation “an attack on our democracy”.
Charlotte Clymer, a Texas transgender army veteran and former HRC spokeswoman, noted that Cruz did not serve in the armed forces and dismissed the idea of more women in uniform undermining readiness.
Two women received the Silver Star for bravery in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, 50 graduated from the US Army Ranger School and more than 150 died in the war on terror.
“He’s a coward and hypocrite, and the women he mocks still serve every day to protect people like him who are ungrateful for their victims,” she said.
The controversy stems from five job advertisements, some of which are animated. One shows a first generation immigrant who volunteered, another shows an officer who grew up on army bases. The one who caught Cruz’s eye is playing Cpl. Emma Malonelord.
“This is the story of a soldier who runs your country’s Patriot missile defense systems,” she says. “It starts in California with a little girl raised by two mothers.”
I enjoy that left blue ticks on this tweet go crazy and dishonestly claim that I am “attacking the military”.
Oh no. We have the largest military in the world, but Dem politicians and bright media are trying to turn them into pansies.
The new Dem videos are terrible. https://t.co/19pYGa8cYk
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 21, 2021
Young Emma plays the violin and marches for gay rights – “I like to think that I defended freedom from an early age.” A top high school student: “I needed my own adventures, my own challenge. And after meeting an army recruiter, I found it – a way to prove my inner strength and maybe break some stereotypes. “
Lieutenant General Ted Martin, deputy commander of the training and teaching command, which also includes the army recruiting command, went as far as a general to knock down a senator.
Seven hours after Cruz’s “holy crap” tweet, the general pointed out the Malonelord commercial, adding that although she is trained in anti-missile defense, “I would add her to my tank crew (Gunner!) NOW! #WeHaveTheBestPeople. “
The backlash to the ad is part of an ongoing battle over military culture.
President Joe Biden ended a ban on transgender troops. His Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, has ordered diversity and inclusion training and has focused on rooting out extremism in the ranks, which some conservatives see as an affront.
The Russians are building a military focused on killing people and destroying things. We are apparently building a military focused on explaining microaggression and critical racial theories to Afghan tribesmen.
– John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) May 19, 2021
Former Donald Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, now radio and television presenter, called Malonelord “a shame for what it means to serve in the military, whatever your rank”.
John Hawkins, a blogger who runs Right Wing News, complained that “Russians are building a military that focuses on killing people and destroying things. We are apparently building a military focused on explaining microaggression and critical racial theories to Afghan tribesmen. “
A recurring theme among Cruz’s critics was the way he kowtowed to Trump after losing the 2016 nomination, despite Trump calling his wife ugly and claiming his father was part of the JFK assassination plot.
“Alexa, how do you easily spot the guys who have become very insecure about their own manhood?” Tweeted MJ Hegar, the decorated Air Force fighter pilot who lost to Senator John Cornyn last fall.
Jason Kander, an Army National Guard intelligence officer and a 2016 Senate nominee in Missouri, derided that “Cruz’s unironically using the word ’emasculated’ is hilarious.”
Other Democratic veterans also practiced insults.
“Ted Cruz attacks a US Army soldier for telling their story, saying he prefers Russians. Because Ted Cruz is a seditious traitor, ”claimed Vote Vets, who promotes progressive candidates who served in uniform.
Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat who lost two legs when the helicopter she was flying in Iraq was shot down, also referred to the January 6 mob that invaded the Capitol when Cruz tried to attribute Trump’s defeat overthrow.
She accused him of “promoting white supremacy propaganda and denigrating the US military” that protected him during the uprising.
I still laugh at Ted Cruz calling the US military emasculated.
In fact, it’s hilarious that Ted Cruz unanimously used the word “emasculated”.
This human hanging nail kissed the ass of a tyrant who called his wife ugly and accused his father of murder!
What a plaster!
– Jason Kander (@JasonKander) May 21, 2021
MSNBC’s Brian Williams called him “Kremlin Cruz” during a commentary on his 11th Hour show accusing the Senator of “a remarkably stupid error of judgment” reflecting “how much Ted Cruz dreams of being president”. of a country one day, maybe not this country. “
Cruz is a bête noire for the left and has long used such problems and skirmishes to promote his image as a conservative warrior.
Ted Cruz attacks a US Army soldier for telling their story, saying he prefers Russians. Because Ted Cruz is a seditious traitor. https://t.co/UOveTXSxzk
– VoteVets (@votevets) May 20, 2021
He accused Williams of “having a hissing fit” declaring, “You are Pravda,” and linked the MSNBC host to a Kremlin-controlled newspaper whose Orwellian name means “truth”.
On Monday night, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel sneered at an ad that the Senator might like more.
It shows the Senator checking in for a flight home from Mexico and cutting off a short vacation during the February storm that left millions of Texans without heat and electricity.
“Army. Be everything you can be Cancun”, was the slogan, a game of the long-running campaign “Be everything you can be”.