Twitter puts Ted Cruz on blast after he tries to shame U.S. military for criticizing Tucker Carlson

click to enlarge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz smirks from the stage at a 2019 event hosted by conservative group Turning Point USA. - Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore
Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz smirks from the stage at a 2019 event hosted by conservative group Turning Point USA.

After picking social media fights with celebrities from Seth Rogen to Daisy Ridley, Sen. Ted Cruz has found a new Twitter target: the U.S. military.

In his latest online moment of outrage, the Texas Republican and armchair seditionist appears to be worked up that military officials dared register their offense at Tucker Carlson after the Fox News host dumped on female soldiers last week in a sexist commentary.

On Sunday, Cruz tweeted an accusation that under Joe Biden's watch, "the military is launching political attacks to intimidate” Carlson and others with unpopular opinions. He even attached a seething letter just to make sure folks know how concerned he is that "leftwing ideology" has erased the Pentagon's longstanding pledge to stay out of politics.

“I’ve demanded a meeting with the Commandant of the USMC to put a stop to it,” Cruz threw in for good measure. Because everyone knows the commandant of the Marine Corps oversees the entire Pentagon ... or something.

If you haven't been keeping up with Fox News' latest manufactured outrage — and frankly, who the fuck has time? — Carlson claimed the U.S. military was falling behind because ours was becoming too feminine instead of seizing on the masculinity embraced by China's navy. (Yes, seriously.) Among his objections: the U.S. armed services were making too many accommodations for women, including giving them uniforms that actually fit their bodies.

"So we've got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits," Carlson prattled. "Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It's a mockery of the U.S. military."

In what should come as no surprise, high-ranking officials opened fire on Carlson after the segment, which like much of his bloviation seems to be more about ginning up controversy and ratings than offering coherent policy discussion.

But in Cruzland — which is increasingly coming to resemble Bizarro World from Superman comics — it's not the conservative way to stick up for members of the military but to defend a gasbag TV personality who appears to have no trouble sticking up for himself.

Democratic lawmakers — along with a diverse array of other folks, including Cruz's own constituents — quickly took to Twitter to let the senator know they found his argument as weak as his chin — and as absurd as the patchy beard he's grown to hide it.

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