- Tucker Carlson mocked “woke generals” at the Pentagon during his Fox News show on Friday
- Defense chiefs criticized Carlson this week over comments he made about women in the military.
- Carlson fired back by saying his supporters “were almost rattled” by the criticism.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday fired back at “woke generals” in the Pentagon after he received intense criticism this week from several defense chiefs following comments he made about women in the military
Speaking during the Friday night edition of his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, the presenter said that his supporters were “almost rattled” by the rebuke from the Pentagon this week until they realized the US military didn’t defeat the Taliban.
“We were almost rattled. Then we realized if the woke generals treat us like they’ve treated the Taliban, we’ll be fine. Twenty years later, the Taliban are still here,” Carlson said during the program, according to The Hill.
“Maybe we ought to promise the Pentagon that we’ll get rid of traditional gender roles on this show. Change the pronouns, defeat the patriarchy, and all that,” he added. “Then they’d send us billions in unmarked $100 bills as a reward. They’ve certainly done that before. And that might really kickstart our struggling opium poppy business.”
A slate of military leaders, including Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, berated Carlson after he accused President Joe Biden of trying to feminize the military.
“F— Tucker Carlson,” Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, tweeted. “While he was practicing his two-step, America’s female warriors were hunting down Al Qaeda and proving the strength of America’s women.”
On Thursday, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby also publicly rebuked Carlson for his remarks, telling reporters: “We still have a lot of work to do to make our military more inclusive,” according to Newsweek.
Kirby went on to say that the department won’t “take personnel advice from a talk show host or the Chinese military.” He added that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “shares the revulsion of so many others to what Carlson said in his opening statement.”
Following Biden’s remarks on International Women’s Day highlighting efforts to make the military more accommodating for women service members, Carlson said these moves would “make a mockery of the US military.”
“So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits,” Carlson said. “Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It’s a mockery of the US military.”
Carlson added that “while China’s military becomes more masculine as it’s assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become, as Joe Biden says, more feminine.”
Insider reached out to Fox News for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.