Let’s make one point perfectly clear: the United States military has never – not even during the Civil or Revolutionary Wars – been comprised of nothing white cis white males. Women have served in the military even when they had to dress as males to be allowed to do so. Gay men have served since the beginning of our country’s history, even when they couldn’t be open about it.
One more thing we should be clear on: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has never served in any military, ever.
Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea…. https://t.co/8aVFMW98NM
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 20, 2021
The videos posted by Cruz show the difference between recruitment videos for the Russian and United States’ military. While Russians are depicted as strong and manly, the TikTok video Cruz posted representing the American military included women and gay people, to which Cruz had the reaction he did on Twitter.
His statements about being “woke” just means “non-discriminatory,” but his use of the word “emasculated” is of particular interest.
‘The definition of “emasculate” is: “to make a man feel less male by taking away his power and confidence; to castrate (= remove the malesexualparts of) a man or male animal.’
According to Cruz, then, it weakens the U.S. military to include women like the young woman featured in the video, or to include gay Americans.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who has spent his entire adult life serving, had a quick and scathing response to Cruz’s tweet.
Twitter was also quick to respond to Cruz’s sexist, homophobic tweet. Read some of their comments below: