Navy SEAL Robert J. O’Neill, who participated in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, criticized the U.S. Navy for using a drag queen to recruit new sailors.
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The Daily Caller reported that the Navy recruited Joshua Kelley, an active duty drag queen who goes by the stage name Harpy Daniels and identifies as “non-binary,” to be a “Navy Digital Ambassador.” According to the Daily Caller, the Digital Ambassador program was designed to “explore the digital environment to reach a wide range of potential candidates” for military recruitment.
O’Neill, a combat veteran who served eight years as a member of SEAL Team Six and has received dozens of awards for his service, responded to the Daily Caller’s report on Twitter, saying he “can’t believe [he] fought for this b——-.”
“Alright. The U.S. Navy is now using an enlisted sailor Drag Queen as a recruiter,” he wrote. “I’m done. China is going to destroy us.”
O’Neill isn’t the only armed services member to criticize the military for including drag queens to recruit soldiers. Kurt Schlichter, a columnist for Townhall and retired Army colonel, predicted that America would “lose the next war” it’s involved in.
“My Navy father would have been appalled, but then he was in a Navy that won wars and didn’t run ships into each other,” he added in another post.
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), a retired Navy Rear Admiral, also denounced the military’s drag queen plan, arguing that people won’t become persuaded to join the military after watching Kelley’s drag videos.
“Biden’s SICK SICK SICK woke agenda for our military needs to END NOW!!” he said,” Jackson added.
The Navy’s use of a drag queen as a “digital ambassador” follows reports that the military will fall short of its recruiting targets in 2023. In April 2023, The Military Times reported that the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Army would lack recruits in the “thousands” for 2023.
The Federalist reported that the Defense Department has been pressuring military leadership to adopt Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices since President Joe Biden took office.
Months after Biden took office, U.S. Naval leadership was instructed to “lead and oversee all DEI efforts across the Department to synchronize key policies and initiatives… and to develop a strategy to advance DEI across the enterprise.”
DEI, like affirmative action, is an ideology that prioritizes race and gender identity over an individual’s qualification for a job.