On Thursday evening, Fox News
host Tucker Carlson
slammed Gen. Mark Milley, the country's highest-ranking military officer, calling him a "pig" and "stupid" after the Army general defended the teaching of critical race theory
in the military the day before.
“Mark Milley is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
,” the conservative personality said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “He didn’t get that job because he’s brilliant, brave, or because people
who know him respect him; he isn’t, and they certainly don’t.
“Milley got the job because he is obedient; he knows who to suck up to and is eager to do so. Feed him a script, and he will read it.”
Carlson said after hearing a clip of Milley's remarks at a House
Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday that it's "hard to believe that man wears a uniform, he's that unimpressive."
“He's not just a pig, he's stupid,” he added after another clip.
Tucker: Mark Milley is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He didn't get that job because he's brilliant, brave, or because people who know him respect him. He isn't, and they certainly don't. pic.twitter.com/MJv4n8T0jP — Acyn (@Acyn) June 25, 2021
Milley has served in the Army for over 40 years and has degrees from Princeton, Columbia, and the Naval War College
He stated on Wednesday that he believed it was critical for military personnel to be open-minded and well-read, including on critical race theory.
It came in response to Rep. Matt Gaetz
's (R-FL) claim that the US military
is too "woke" for embracing teachings about how racism
is embedded in societal structures.
“I’ve read Mao Tse-tung, Karl Marx, and Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist,” Milley explained. “So what is wrong with understanding? Having some situational understanding about the country we are here to defend?”
Though Fox News frequently claims the mantle of American patriotism, Carlson has insulted service members before. In March, he was chastised by top defense leaders for showing a pregnant woman in uniform and calling it a "mockery of the United States
Following his comments, Carlson received a barrage of criticism online, including from California
Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu, former Republican
lawmaker and presidential candidate Joe Walsh
, and Lincoln Project Executive Director Fred Wellman.
Tucker Carlson is a coward who has never served anyone other than his own bank account. https://t.co/A3E5zHAgRu
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) June 25, 2021
General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is being slandered by the Autocratic movement's chief propagandist @TuckerCarlson with ad hominem attacks. Milley has served this country in uniform for 42 years. Disgusting. https://t.co/fzGXkG8gRL
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 25, 2021
Tucker Carlson, who has never had the courage to serve in the military, calls Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Milley a "pig" and "stupid." "I believe an overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters in arms would agree if I said @TuckerCarson was a cowardly piece of shit." https://t.co/NsO9cfQSw3
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) June 25, 2021
Dear @TuckerCarlson: Why do you despise America so much?General Mark Milley led soldiers in Afghanistan
, including combat duties, and has served in the 82nd Airborne and 5th Special Forces Group.I see you applied to the CIA once, but the agency rejected you. https://t.co/J6NbLWfNjy
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 25, 2021
The best way to understand Tucker Carlson's abuse of General Mark Milley tonight is as confirmation of the veracity of Gen Milley's stories about defying ex-President Trump's order for a massacre in Portland, Oregon
. — David Frum (@davidfrum) June 25, 2021
Would Sean Hannity
blow a gasket if Ilhan Omar
or AOC attacked our troops every night like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham
? — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 25, 2021
Gen. Milley has served in five wars/conflicts, has been awarded over a dozen medals for bravery, has a BA from Princeton and two MAs, and is one of the most accomplished members of the military, and is well-respected. https://t.co/hokaS8Dw2Q
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) June 25, 2021
You can watch
Carlson's entire segment on Milley below.