Ted Cruz thinks US military are ’emasculated pansies’ for including LGBT+ folk in recruitment ad

Last week, the US Army released a saccharine new recruitment video that uses the tale of a queer family to tug at your heartstrings. Titled “The Calling”, the five-part animated series on the origin stories of real soldiers, explaining why they each answered the “call” to serve. While the video was mocked from across the political spectrum for using an LGBT+ story to recruit for the “world’s largest killing machine”, senator Cruz decided to take his criticism into “homophobic” territory. On Thursday (20 May), Cruz shared a video on Twitter titled “Russian army ad vs US army ad 2021”. The first half of the video showed a men with shaved heads doing push-ups in a Russian army recruitment video, while the second half showed the US Army’s animation featuring an LGBT+ family. Cruz wrote: “Holy crap. Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea…”