Ted Cruz mocked for demanding military meeting to defend Tucker Carlson: 'You wouldn't even defend your own wife!'
Ted Cruz. (Fox News/screen grab)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is demanding a meeting with U.S. Marine Corps leadership to discuss criticism of Fox News host Tucker Carlson -- igniting brutal ridicule.

The broadcaster has faced widespread criticism from veterans, active-duty troops and an official Marine force social media account for mocking women who serve in uniform, and Cruz wants to meet with military leaders to tell them to lay off Carlson and other critics.

"Under Biden, the military is launching political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians who criticize their policy decisions," Cruz tweeted. "Officials in uniform are being used for the campaign. I've demanded a meeting with the Commandant of the USMC to put a stop to it."

Carlson had complained that U.S. military service had become feminized under new President Joe Biden, prompting II Marine Expeditionary Force to challenge him to hold his criticism until he had "served and been pregnant," for which the service force later offered an apology.

Cruz's reaction was met with mockery and scorn.