The U.S. Marine Corps issued a tweet on Wednesday saluting LGBT service members — the post included a graphic featuring bullets with brightly-colored tips, in an apparent nod to the LGBT rainbow symbol.
Many businesses and government entities publicly celebrate the LGBT movement each June during so-called "Pride Month."
"Throughout June, the USMC takes #Pride in recognizing and honoring the contributions of our LGBTQ service members. We remain committed to fostering an environment free from discrimination, and defend the values of treating all equally, with dignity and respect. #PrideMonth #USMC," the Marine Corps tweeted.
In response to the post, MRCTV managing editor Brittany Hughes tweeted, "Armed and fabulous. Should come in handy in the next war."
"China is going to steamroll us, aren't they?" tweeted Curtis Houck, managing editor of the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.
"Seriously? How does fixating on differences foster cohesion and unity?" tweeted Christina Pushaw, who serves as press secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
"The culture wars are not one the Marines were formed to fight. You represent all Americans & not just Woke socialists weaponizing sexual orientation to attack traditional nuclear family & Christian values. Tolerate, yes. Champion a side in a cultural debate? Not your mission," Kyle Becker tweeted.
"The job of the @usmc is to win wars. Full stop. Trying to make the Marines woke distracts from that mission. When I was in the Marines we had one mantra that fostered an environment free from discrimination: 'We all wear green and we all bleed red'. That’s all we need," tweeted Dr. Rich McCormick, a Republican running for U.S. Congress in the state of Georgia.
The U.S. Air Force also issued a tweet on Wednesday recognizing Pride Month.
"Happy Pride Month! We are the best #USAF by leveraging the diverse backgrounds & strengths of each member of our total force. We are committed to making the #AirForce a place where all can reach their full potential. #PRIDE #Pridemonth" the Air Force tweeted.
President Joe Biden issued a proclamation for Pride Month again this year, after previously doing so in 2021. But while last year's proclamation referred to LGBTQ+ people, the 2022 proclamation added "Intersex" and refers to LGBTQI+ people.
"I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR. ... do hereby proclaim June 2022 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month," Biden's proclamation states. "I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQI+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high."