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Marine Corps backtracks on 'get pregnant' remark to Tucker Carlson after outrage, Internet says 'mission fail'

US Marine Corps slammed Carlson in support of female Marines after the Fox News host mocked pregnant women in US military. However, their response has backfired
UPDATED MAR 14, 2021
Tucker Carlson said that change in uniforms for pregnany military woman is a mockery of the US military (Getty Images, Twitter)
Tucker Carlson said that change in uniforms for pregnany military woman is a mockery of the US military (Getty Images, Twitter)

Fox News host Tucker Carlson faced severe backlash after he mentioned on his Tuesday show, on March 9, that America’s military is becoming more “feminine” and mocked pregnant servicewomen. Marine Expeditionary Force slammed Carlson saying 'get pregnant'; some Internet users supported the comment, others slammed them.

Carlson, who is no stranger to controversy, said on his show, that the changes, such as new uniforms for pregnant women, made "a mockery of the US military." The conservative host's reaction came after President Joe Biden's speech for International Women's Day on Monday, March 8, in which he revealed the military's updated standards, including better-fitting uniforms for women and changing requirements about hairstyles.

The goal, Biden said, was that "all women feel safe and respected in our military". "So we've got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits," Carlson said on his show Tuesday. "Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It's a mockery of the US military." Carlson went on, "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." The bottom line is: It's out of control and the Pentagon's going along with this."


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On Friday, March 12, MEF tweeted a picture and wrote: "What it looks like in today’s armed forces @TuckerCarlson Get right before you get left, boomer #Women #WeAreMarines #TuckerCarlson #FoxNews #marines #currentlyserving #USMCWomen." It further tweeted: "Come back when you’ve served and been pregnant." 



But soon, the department faced a lot of backlash and tweeted: "We are human and we messed up. We intended to speak up for female Marines and it was an effort to support them. They are a crucial part to our corps and we need them to know that. We will adjust fire and ensure the utmost professionalism in our tweets."


As soon as MEF's comments came to light, some users slammed the force over the 'get pregnant' comment on Carlson, while some slammed them for their "messed up" statement. One Internet user questioned MEF and said: "Who wrote those tweets and who was aware of them? This doesn’t end with an anonymous apology." While another one asked them not to apologize: "You don't owe part time Patriots any explanation but, these part time patriots that keep attacking you all.....have yet to condemn Tucker Carlson's remarks. THAT is all you need to know about these people."



One user said: "I loved the tweets. No apology necessary. Yes, some women make great marines, and some men make great nurses. And yes, female marines can have babies too." Pouring in support, another one said: "I’m sorry, but the Marines don’t owe Fox News an apology. @FoxNews owes the Marines and every woman serving in the military an apology."



But some slammed MEF, saying: "We all support female marines whether we agree with a TV show host or not but this was a clear showing of emotional weakness from a branch who's mission is to intimidate and destroy our enemies. Huge mission fail," and "You've done a lot of damage on this one. Whoever sent the tweets needs reassignment and identification. You serve us, adjust fire and start acting like it."