Tucker Carlson Faces Army Fury for Calling Pregnant Soldiers 'A Mockery'

Fox News' host Tucker Carlson is facing backlash from senior personnel in the U.S. Army following comments he made about pregnant soldiers during his prime time show on Tuesday.

Carlson was responding to remarks by President Joe Biden on International Women's Day. The president spoke about women in the army, highlighting measures like better fitting body armor and maternity flight suits.

"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 U.S. military."

"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, whatever feminine means anymore since men and women no longer exist.

"The bottom line is it's out of control, and the Pentagon is going along with this," he said.

Carlson's comments drew a response on Wednesday from some senior figures in the U.S. Army, who took to Twitter to defend their female colleagues.

"This is me, yesterday, conducting a re-enlistment for one of the tens of thousands of women who serve in our Army," said Major General Patrick Donahue, sharing a video of himself re-enlisting a female soldier. "Just a reminder that @TuckerCarlson couldn't be more wrong."

"I agree Pat," wrote four-star General Paul E. Funk II. "Thousands of women serve honorably every day around the globe. They are beacons of freedom and they prove Carlson wrong through determination and dedication. We are fortunate they serve with us."

I agree Pat . Thousands of women serve honorably every day around the globe. They are beacons of freedom and they prove Carlson wrong through determination and dedication. We are fortunate they serve with us. https://t.co/R4dycOXknl

— GEN Paul E. Funk II (@PaulFunk2) March 11, 2021

Lt. General Ted Martin shared a photo of his own daughter in combat fatigues and a helmet to refute Carlson's claim.

"Contrary to what you may be hearing this WOMAN & 1000's of WOMEN like her are NOT 'making a mockery of our military'. You WISH your daughter was as AWESOME as MINE! so BACK OFF," Martin wrote.

Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston, the most senior enlisted man in the force, also weighed in. He retweeted General Funk and later shared a series of photos of women in army.

"Women lead our most lethal units with character," Grinston said. "They will dominate ANY future battlefield we're called to fight on. @TuckerCarlson's words are divisive, don't reflect our values. We have THE MOST professional, educated, agile, and strongest NCO Corps in the world."

"1/4 if not more of my formation if not more [sic] are women," tweeted Colonel Daniel Blackmon of the 434th Field Artillery Brigade. "They are badass! Anyone worried about 'feminization' of the military needs to come take a walk around here for a day or two and see exactly what that means. I'm not worried about it. Tucker Carlson wishes he was that good."

Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, shared some of the responses to Carlson's comments and suggested the negative reaction would continue.

"Several active duty officers and NCOs have shot back at Tucker Carlson. I suspect many more till follow," Baron wrote.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Carlson is facing backlash following comments about pregnant soldiers. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images