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Duckworth slams Tucker Carlson over remarks on women in the military

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthTrump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle Lawmakers demand justice for Adam Toledo: 'His hands were up. He was unarmed' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring MORE (D-Ill.) on Thursday slammed Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTucker Carlson suggests Chauvin jurors intimidated by protests: 'Please don't hurt us' Tucker Carlson blasts Washington Post columnist ADL CEO asks advertisers to boycott Tucker Carlson, Fox News MORE after his comments earlier this week disparaging the military for its recent changes to attract and retain more female service members.

“F--- Tucker Carlson. While he was practicing his two-step, America’s female warriors were hunting down Al Qaeda and proving the strength of America’s women. Happy belated International Women’s Day to everyone but Tucker, who even I can dance better than,” Duckworth tweeted alongside a video of Carlson on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

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Duckworth, a former combat pilot in the Iraq War who lost both legs after her helicopter was downed, was responding to Carlson’s comments on Tuesday calling pregnant women serving “a mockery of the U.S. military.”

"So we've got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits. Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It's a mockery of the U.S. military,” Carlson said.

"While China’s military becomes more masculine as it has assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become as Joe BidenJoe BidenCornyn, Sinema to introduce bill aimed at addressing border surge Harris to travel to Northern Triangle region in June Biden expected to formally recognize Armenian Genocide: report MORE says more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore," he continued.

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Tucker gave the monologue next to a picture of an Air Force officer, who was wearing an artificial bump, modeling a flight suit designed for pregnant women — a change initiated in 2019 under the Trump administration.

The Army in January unveiled new grooming standards that had been recommended in December under former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE.

Senior military leaders swiftly admonished Carlson for the comments.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby relayed Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense: Top Pentagon nominee advances after Harris casts tie-breaker | Air Force general charged with sexual assault first to face court-martial | House passes bill to limit Saudi arms sales Overnight Defense: DC National Guard activates 250 troops ahead of Chauvin verdict | Planning update on Afghanistan withdrawal Top officers believe they have 'zero' extremists in their forces MORE’s "revulsion" at the segment, and several top military officers took to Twitter to hit back at Carlson.

“Women lead our most lethal units with character,” tweeted Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston, the service’s top enlisted leader. “They will dominate ANY future battlefield we’re called to fight on. @TuckerCarlson’s words are divisive, don’t reflect our values. We have THE MOST professional, educated, agile, and strongest [noncommissioned officer] Corps in the world.”

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