Biden’s Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin tells Ted Cruz the US military will ‘never be soft’

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin used a Memorial Day interview to come back to Ted Cruz’s claim that the US military is “waking up” and soldiers becoming “violets.”

Austin told me CNN the US military will never be “soft”, claiming that opponents like China and Russia “would like to take advantage of such talking points.”

‘I will not lose a minute of sleep over what the Chinese leaders say or what (the Russian president) Vladimir Putin says.

“What I’m going to focus on, and what I’m focused on, is defending this nation and making sure we have what it takes to be successful,” he added.

Earlier this month, Cruz criticized an Army recruiting video that told the story of how a ‘little girl raised by two mothers’ grew up to be a soldier.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin used a Memorial Day interview to backfire on Ted Cruz's claim that the US military is 'waking up' and soldiers becoming 'violets'

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin used a Memorial Day interview to backfire on Ted Cruz’s claim that the US military is ‘waking up’ and soldiers becoming ‘violets’

He compared it to an alleged video from Russia in which soldiers jump out of a plane, do push-ups and fire a sniper rifle into the snow.

Holy crap, he tweeted. “Maybe an awake, unmasked army isn’t the best idea …”

The Texas senator unleashed online fury after questioning the role of what he called an “ unmasked army ” and comparing it to a video that appeared to parachute a rough-shaven Russian recruit into battle.

“The military’s job is to kill the bad guys. And it’s to scare America’s enemies, ”he told Fox News as he defended charges that he was releasing on serving US troops.

“People are signing up to join the military because they want to keep us safe, they don’t want to sit in a circle and pass daisies back and forth.”

It followed similar criticism of a CIA ad.

Cruz caused fury online earlier this month after examining the role of what he called an 'unmasked army' and comparing it to a video that appeared to show a rough-shaven Russian recruit parachuting into battle.

Cruz caused fury online earlier this month after examining the role of what he called an ‘unmasked army’ and comparing it to a video that appeared to show a rough-shaven Russian recruit parachuting into battle.

Austin said in his interview that the US military is “the best in the world” because of the people who “populate our ranks.”

“I think we do a great job of recruiting the right types of people and providing access to people from every angle, from every stage of life in this country. As long as you are fit and you can qualify, there is a place for you on this team. ‘

He also argued that a diverse army “should be a part of who we are.”

‘We represent the United States of America. We should be like America and not just in the ranks. But our leadership should be like America

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

The colorful, animated recruiting video describes how she defended freedom attending LGBTQ marches and grew up to join the US military.

Cruz’s words quickly went viral, unleashing a furious torrent of accusations that he was dragging US military forces from his own country and hunted by an adversary’s propaganda.

And veterans expressed anger that he could criticize the military and attack a real serving soldier.

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

“Holy crap,” she wrote. “Perhaps a US senator shouldn’t be suggesting that the * Russian * military is better than the US military that protected him from an uprising he helped spark?”

Malonelord’s story is told in a colorful video that describes her growing up with two mothers.

Earlier this month, Cruz criticized an Army recruiting video that told the story of how a 'little girl raised by two mothers' grew up to be a soldier

Earlier this month, Cruz criticized an Army recruiting video that told the story of how a ‘little girl raised by two mothers’ grew up to be a soldier

“I also marched for equality,” she says as it shows her during a march for gay rights. ‘I like to think that I have been defending freedom from an early age’

“I also marched for equality,” she says as it shows her during a march for gay rights.

“I like to think that I have been defending freedom from an early age.”

She is portrayed as a bridesmaid to her two mothers when they get married, before enlisting in the military, which she said was a way to “ prove my inner strength. ”

The progressive veteran group VoteVets also condemned Cruz.

“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 traitor who likes sedition.”

But other conservatives rallied around the Texas senator.

John Noonan, an adviser to Senator Tom Cotton, shared the TikTok video, saying, “We’re going to be the most tolerant army in history to ever lose a war.”

And Cruz himself relished the controversy he sparked as he continued to lure opponents.

“I enjoy left-wing Blue Checkmarks losing their minds on this tweet, and unfairly claiming that I am“ attacking the military, ”he said late Thursday.

‘Uh no. We have the largest army in the world, but Dem’s politicians and the alert media are trying to turn it into violets. ‘

She is portrayed as a bridesmaid to her two mothers when they get married, before enlisting in the military, which she said was a way 'to prove my inner strength

She is portrayed as a bridesmaid to her two mothers when they get married, before enlisting in the military, which she said was a way ‘to prove my inner strength

He compared it to an alleged video from Russia in which soldiers jump out of a plane, do push-ups and fire a sniper rifle into the snow.

He compared it to an alleged video from Russia in which soldiers jump out of a plane, do push-ups and fire a sniper rifle into the snow.

Holy crap, he tweeted.

Holy crap, he tweeted. “Maybe an awake, unmasked army isn’t the best idea …” Cruz tweeted after posting the two videos

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