On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called for the politicization of the United States military to “stop now,” after multiple political controversies have came to light over the last several days.
“[email protected] is being politicized. Uniformed service members recently criticized a private citizen for his First Amendment rights, & today a Dem lawmaker used soldiers in a political stunt against a GOP member. @SecDef Austin—This sets a dangerous precedent. It must stop now,” McCarthy said in a tweet. .
.@DeptofDefense is being politicized. Uniformed service members recently criticized a private citizen for his First Amendment rights, & today a Dem lawmaker used soldiers in a political stunt against a GOP member.@SecDef Austin—This sets a dangerous precedent. It must stop now.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 16, 2021
A number of other Republicans have also criticized the military’s unnecessary involvement in politics. Their comments came after Army and Marine Corps generals criticized conservative talk show host Tucker Carlson after he criticized President Biden’s focus on making the military more “feminized” while China was focused on making its military more masculine.
The senior military leaders strongly criticized Carlson, implying that he could not comment on the military if he did not serve himself.
The Federalist’s Patrick Swan, who served in the Army, wrote in an article that liberal show host Rachel Maddow called the use of the National Guard to help de escalate the riots last summer the “death of the Republic.”
On Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote a letter concerning the attacks on Carlson and has requested to meet the Marine Corps Commandant. The Marine Corps Twitter account in question has since deleted its tweets after Cruz’s letter to Austin.
On Monday, another controversy came forward..
Guam Rep. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas (D) led a group of Guam National Guard soldiers to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)’s office, reportedly because she implied last month that Guam was not part of the United States.
Conservative figures criticized the stunt, noting that if a Republican had done that to a Democrat during the Trump administration, there would be absolute outrage from the establishment.