organizations, outraged veterans, and military personnel are urging their insurance
companies to pull advertisements from Fox News
and Tucker Carlson
's show after he referred to Gen. Mark Milley as a "pig" for schooling Rep. Matt Gaetz
(R-Fla.) during congressional testimony.
Carlson slammed the nation's highest-ranking military officer on Thursday, calling Milley "not only a pig, but stupid" after the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
put Gaetz in his place. Milley told lawmakers, most notably Gaetz, that it's critical for military personnel to be "open-minded," "widely read," and educated about issues, including Critical Race Theory
“What is wrong with understanding? Having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?” an irritated Milley asked during a House
Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, leaving Gaetz shaking his head in disgust.
Carlson returned to the fray on Friday, calling Milley's comments "disgraceful."
Veterans, service members, and other customers are now urging the United Services Automobile Association (USAA
), a banking and insurance company that primarily serves vets and their families, to discontinue its advertising support for Carlson's show.
Fox News has long been known as a staunch supporter of the military, making it an obvious choice for advertisements aimed at veterans and service members. However, Carlson has repeatedly attacked the US military
, labeling it soft, woke, and, to his chagrin, femininized.
Following the Milley attack, the nonpartisan Veterans for Responsible Leadership launched an attack on USAA.
“So, USAA, is this who you advertise with?” the group asked in a tweet, followed by, “USAA, what are you going to do about this?”
So, @USAA, is this who you advertise with? Requesting 18 million friends
— Veterans For Responsible Leadership (@VetsForRL) June 25, 2021
Kristofer Goldsmith, the founder of the advocacy group High Ground Vets, also urged USAA to "Dump Tucker."
Tucker Carlson has made attacking individuals in the military, including those in lower enlisted ranks, a major theme of 2021, and they face endless targeted attacks and harassment from his followers on a daily basis. It's time for @USAA to #DumpTucker. https://t.co/vsrsK4THF7
— Kristofer Goldsmith (@KrisGoldsmith85) June 25, 2021
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman
, who testified against Donald Trump
during his impeachment trial
, tweeted that it was “past time to boycott Fox and companies advertising on Fox.”
It's past time to boycott Fox and the companies that advertise on Fox. #BoycottFoxNews #extremistright — Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) June 25, 2021
Customers notified USAA via social media
and phone calls that they would cancel their insurance policies if the company did not remove its advertisements.
Stardia's requests for comment were not immediately returned.
USAA - I strongly advise you to discontinue advertising on a channel that promotes blatant disrespect for military leaders as well as ridiculous misinformation
! — Positive Theory (@positive_theory) June 26, 2021
As a veteran, I see Tucker Carlson displaying disdain and disrespect for the men and women
who have served this country. I intend to notify USAA of how offensive it is to me as a customer that Carlson, who did not serve, disparages those who have. His racist
screeds against the military are offensive! https://t.co/ISRXJmaghV
— BD Smith (@TeacherSmith60) June 26, 2021
Furious. Decades with USAA. Military family
: WWII Distinguished Flying
Cross Marine, WWII Purple Heart Marine, and WWII D-Day veteran. Husband Naval Aviator who is calling USAA today. — Daughter of the American Revolution (@DaughteroftheA2) June 25, 2021
@USAA My family of veterans have everything insured by you. It is more expensive, but loyalty is more important to us. We have been loyal to your business
. That will change if you continue to support FOX, who maintains their coverage should not be believed. https://t.co/9QRHzgwBnH https://t.co/Wph1YcDN4t
— Just Me (@myweiredworld) June 25, 2021
Good evening, @USAA. Please accept this as my formal notice that you have until the end of June to cease all advertising during any @TuckerCarlson programming or I will transfer my insurance policies and accounts to a competitor that does not financially support Carlson. Thank you. — Travis Akers (@travisakers) June 25, 2021
I'm also working to leave @USAA because they have been unwavering in their support for Fox News, and I will not support a company that condones these comments about the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. — Joe H (@angryjoeIA) June 25, 2021
@USAA I'm so disappointed. Decades of home/auto insurance, mortgages, and a credit card. (1990)It will be difficult to leave, but make no mistake, we will go if you continue to support @TuckerCarlson. You say you support the military, so I guess we'll see if that's true. — Zingamomma (@tubawidow) June 25, 2021
@USAA I completely agree. My father was a WWII vet and a long-time @USAA member, and my entire family uses USAA for all of our insurance and financial planning needs. Carlson and @FoxNews disgust me by attacking a decorated general and multiple war vet. Disgusting — K Walters (@miagl11) June 26, 2021
It's understandable that a Confederate sympathizer would despise the United States
(@votevets) June 25, 2021