Tucker Carlson's Views on Women in Military 'Extreme for the 1950s,' Says Rep. Seth Moulton

Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) slammed Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Saturday after the TV host mocked women in the military earlier this week.

Speaking on MSNBC, Moulton, who served in the Marine Corps, called out the conservative Carlson by stating that he doesn't "know anything" about being in the military.

The Democratic lawmaker added that Carlson's comments were "offensive" to both men and women.

"He doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. It's offensive not just to women in the military but to men in the military, too. It's offensive to leaders in the military. It's offensive to everyone who's willing to put on a uniform to defend our basic values," Moulton said.

"And by the way, it's also offensive to women in the workplace all over America. These views would be extreme for the 1950s and that seems to be a more appropriate place for Tucker Carlson to have his talk show," he added.

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U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) slammed Tucker Carlson for mocking women in the military. Here, Moulton speaks during the 2020 Public Service Forum hosted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) at UNLV on August 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Moulton's comments came after Carlson mocked pregnant women in the armed forces, and complained that the U.S. military was becoming too "feminine" during his show on Tuesday night.

His remarks came a day after President Joe Biden praised women in the military and acknowledged the recent promotion of two female generals on International Women's Day.

"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 said on Tuesday.

"While China's military becomes more masculine as it has assembled the world's largest navy, our military needs to become, as Joe Biden says, more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore," he added, as a picture of an Air Force officer modeling the pregnant flight suit appeared next to him on screen.

Carlson has since faced backlash from both veterans and active figures in the military. On Thursday, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby publicly rebuked Carlson for his remarks.

"We still have a lot of work to do to make our military more inclusive," Kirby told reporters. "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."

Senator Tammy Duckworth, a retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel who lost both of her legs from combat wounds while serving in the Iraq War, also shot back at Carlson.

"F--k Tucker Carlson," Duckworth tweeted on Wednesday. "While he was practicing his two-step, America's female warriors were hunting down Al Qaeda and proving the strength of America's women."

"Happy belated International Women's Day to everyone but Tucker, who even I can dance better than," the Illinois senator tweeted.

In response to the backlash, Carlson hit back by calling critics "woke generals" on Friday night.

"It was quite an experience yesterday being the very first target in the Pentagon's new 'Operation Silence the Talk Show Host.' For a minute, we'll concede 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.

On Saturday, Moulton said he believed it was appropriate for the Pentagon to call out Carlson's views.

"I think given the audience that he commands, it was appropriate for the Pentagon to respond," he said.

Newsweek contacted a representative for Moulton for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.