TED Cruz has blasted the US military as "emasculated" as he compared Russian and American recruitment adverts.
The senator retweeted a clip of the ad of the Russian military showing soldiers training, loading a gun and jumping out of a plane.
It was followed by an animated ad for the U.S. military, where Army Cpl. Emma Malonelorddescribes how she got involved in the military and says she was "raised by two moms" and "marched for equality."
She adds that joining the army was "a way to prove my inner strength."
Cruz captioned the tweet: "Holy c***.
"Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea…."
His tweet that got more than 30,000 likes and comments sparked outrage among Twitter users.
VoteVets, a progressive veterans group tweeting: "Ted Cruz attacks a US Army soldier for telling her story, says he prefers Russians.
"Because Ted Cruz is a sedition-loving traitor."
While Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman said: "The U.S. military is second to none. Please keep it out of your political theater.
"I hear there are actual problems Congress needs to address. BTW didn’t you swear to support and defend the U.S. Constitution?"
The senator tweeted in response: "I’m enjoying lefty blue checkmarks losing their minds over this tweet, dishonestly claiming that I’m 'attacking the military.'
"Uh, no. We have the greatest military on earth, but Dem politicians & woke media are trying to turn them into pansies. The new Dem videos are terrible."
The American ad is part of a new recruiting campaign called The Calling.
Maj. Gen. Alex Fink, Chief of Army Enterprise Marketing said in a statement when it launched earlier this month.
"Research tells us that young people today see the Army as a 'distant star' — a place requiring a nearly superhuman level of discipline with little relevance to their daily lives.
"Similarly, youth don’t necessarily connect with those who serve or see common ground in terms of interests, abilities, and goals.
"'The Calling' shatters these misperceptions by showing that soldiers are all of us: real people with hopes, dreams, fears, aspirations, families, friends, and obstacles to overcome."
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