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Ted Cruz tears into the ‘woke, emasculated’ military that’s turning into pansies’

The first half opens with footage of a Russian soldier – shaven headed, muscular – parachuting from a plane, before staring down the scope of his rifle in arctic conditions.

Then it cuts to the animated story of a ‘little girl, raised by two moms’ who describes how she defended freedom by attending LGBTQ marches and grew up to join the U.S. Army.

While the American military said its recruitment video was designed to highlight the diversity of the men and women in uniform, Sen. Ted Cruz saw it differently when he shared a TikTok clip that spliced it with the Russian footage.

‘Holy crap,’ he wrote in a tweet.

‘Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea….’ 

His comments highlight fears America’s armed forces are being softened by ‘woke’ principles and follows similar criticism of a CIA advert. 

The advertising campaign shows an animated Corporal Emma Malonelord (pictured) attending a gay rights parade in a video that sparked a row about the future of the American military. Sen. Ted Cruz said it showed how Democrats and the ‘woke media’ were turning soldiers into ‘pansies’ in comments that triggered accusations that he was trolling America’s troops

The new Army ad shows Corporal Emma Malonelord's mothers getting married after one suffered serious injuries following a car accident

The new Army ad shows Corporal Emma Malonelord’s mothers getting married after one suffered serious injuries following a car accident 

In contrast, the Russian video shows a bare chested recruit leaping from his bed, working out and then leaping from a plane with a parachute

In contrast, the Russian video shows a bare chested recruit leaping from his bed, working out and then leaping from a plane with a parachute

The Russian soldier is shown taking up a prone firing position, staring down his rifle scope in wintry, arctic conditions

The Russian soldier is shown taking up a prone firing position, staring down his rifle scope in wintry, arctic conditions

The latest controversy features an American video telling the story of Cpl. Emma Malonelord, a serving soldier who describes how she came to choose a life in the military. 

Cruz’s words quickly went viral, unleashing an angry torrent of accusations that he was trolling his own country’s American armed forces and had been suckered by an adversary’s propaganda.

And veterans expressed fury that he could criticise the Army and target a real-life serving soldier. 

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs while serving as a helicopter pilot in Iraq, responded by mirroring Cruz’s language.

‘Holy crap,’ she wrote. ‘Perhaps a U.S. Senator shouldn’t suggest that the *Russian* military is better than the American military that protected him from an insurrection he helped foment?’

Malonelord’s story is told in a colorful video, describing how she grew up with two mothers.

‘I also marched for equality,’ she narrates as it shows her at a gay rights march. 

‘I like to think I’ve been defending freedom from an early age.’

She is pictured as a bridesmaid for her two mothers when they marry, before signing up with the Army, which she says was a way ‘to prove my inner strength.’

The progressive veterans group VoteVets also condemned Cruz.

Cruz's tweet triggered a backlash on Twitter as he was accused of trolling his own country's armed forces in favor of those of an adversary

Cruz’s tweet triggered a backlash on Twitter as he was accused of trolling his own country’s armed forces in favor of those of an adversary

A new Army recruitment ad centering around the real life of Corporal Emma Malonelord (pictured) has been called 'woke'

A new Army recruitment ad centering around the real life of Corporal Emma Malonelord (pictured) has been called ‘woke’ 

‘Ted Cruz attacks a US Army soldier for telling her story, says he prefers Russians,’ it wrote on its Twitter feed. ‘Because Ted Cruz is a sedition-loving traitor.’

But other conservatives rallied around the Texas senator.

John Noonan, an adviser to Sen. Tom Cotton, shared the TikTok video saying: ‘We are going to be the most tolerant military in history ever to lose a war.’

And Cruz himself reveled in the controversy he triggered as he continued to bait opponents.

‘I’m enjoying lefty blue checkmarks losing their minds over this tweet, dishonestly claiming that I’m “attacking the military,”‘ he said late Thursday.

‘Uh, no. We have the greatest military on earth, but Dem politicians & woke media are trying to turn them into pansies.’

He kept up the commentary on Friday, defending his words during an appearance on Fox News saying American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines were the most ferocious fighting force on the planet. 

‘The job of the military is to kill the bad guys. And it is to strike fear in the enemies of America,’ he said.

‘People sign up to join the military because they want to keep us safe, they don’t want to sit around a circle, emoting and passing daisies back and forth.’ 

The advert is one of a series called ‘The Calling.’  

‘Soldiers across the Army stepped up to share their personal stories with America to break down the stereotypes associated with those who serve,’ said Command Sgt. , when the series launched at the start of the month. 

‘Their inspiring stories highlight the diversity in the Army as we continue to be a team made up of great people.’ 

But it triggered an immediate backlash when it was launched on YouTube.

Within days, the Army disabled comments because the animated videos were attracting streams of abuse.

Earlier this month a CIA recruitment video was also panned by critics as ‘woke.’ 

It featured an unnamed officer who tells viewers she is ‘unapologetically me’, describing how she used to suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ but now refuses to ‘internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.’

And the latest controversy comes a week after the commander of a Space Force unit was fired after complaining that the Pentagon was pushing an agenda ‘rooted in Marxism.’

The CIA’s woke recruitment video gets panned: Don Jnr leads ridicule as recruit describes herself as ‘intersectional cisgender millennial’ diagnosed with ‘generalized anxiety disorder’ 

A new CIA recruitment video has been widely ridiculed online after the recruit described herself as an ‘intersectional cisgender millennial’. 

The unnamed CIA officer, 36, tells viewers she is ‘unapologetically me’, adding that she to suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ but now refuses to ‘internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.’

But the clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it ‘woke’. Another said: ‘The world is laughing at us.’

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: ‘China and Russia will love this.’ 

The CIA officer tells viewers she is 'unapologetically me', adding that she to suffer from 'imposter syndrome' but now refuses to 'internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be'

The CIA officer tells viewers she is ‘unapologetically me’, adding that she to suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ but now refuses to ‘internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be’

But the clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it 'woke'. Another said: 'The world is laughing at us.' Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: 'China and Russia will love this'

But the clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it ‘woke’. Another said: ‘The world is laughing at us.’ Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: ‘China and Russia will love this’

Former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright, tweeted: ‘The CIA used to be about mission to country. (I speak from experience).

‘Now it’s now about demanding — and getting — accommodation to fix an emotional wound or advance a personal agenda. America is less safe with this new CIA, and dangerously more political.’   

Another Twitter user compared it to a Saturday Night Live skit. 

Glenn Greenwald, part of a team that won a Pulitzer for reports about government surveillance programs based on leaks by Edward Snowden, tweeted: ‘Lots of people who pay no attention to the CIA and the security state seem to think this CIA video is the first time they’ve promoted, endorsed and embraced woke ideology. 

‘They’ve been doing it for years. I wrote about back in 2015.’ 

The clip was shared to Twitter on April 28 in a post which read: ‘I am unapologetically me. I want you to be unapologetically you, whoever you are. 

‘Whether you work at #CIA, or anywhere else in the world.  Command your space. Mija, you are worth it.’    

The agent tells viewers: ‘I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise. I am a walking declaration, a woman whose inflection does not rise at the end of her sentences, suggesting that a question has been asked.’ 

The clip does not detail the qualifications needed to work at the CIA or what the role entails. 

She adds: ‘I am a woman of color. I am a mom. I am a cisgender Millennial who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.’

In the TV show Homeland agent Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, attempts to keep her bipolar disorder hidden from the CIA over fears of losing her security clearance.    

One Twitter user commented: ‘I hope the CIA actually is hiring fail brain millennials with debilitating anxiety like in the ad. that would be hilarious. 

‘Sam Fisher getting captured and tortured because the analyst working on his mission is hyperventilating due to being quote tweeted.’

Matt Taibbi added: ‘The really telling thing about this video is that it speaks to the CIA’s assessment of who would be interested in working for them. Clearly, they think they have appeal to woke millennials – and they’re probably right.’ 

Commentator Liz Wheeler said: ‘Watch this insane CIA recruitment video & tell me the CIA isn’t a woke swamp creature… capable & willing to weaponize their power to target their political opponents: conservatives.’  

The clip begins with the agent – shot in slow motion – walking towards the camera talking about being a 17-year-old student. 

She says: ‘I can change a diaper in one hand and console a crying toddler with the other.

‘I earned my way in and I earned my way up the ranks.

‘I am tired of feeling like I am supposed to apologize for the space I occupy.’ 

Journalist Rania Khaled said: ‘I remember warning about this danger like 7 years ago and getting smeared for it by tumblr types.’ 

Michael Treacy added: ‘I don’t know if the CIA invented/funded/disseminated Woke Ideology but let’s just say it would make perfect sense.’

Assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Asheesh Kapur Siddique said: ‘Looking forward to @cia’s next video, which will explain how ‘enhanced interrogation’ is actually super woke.’ 


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