- Ten House Republicans, all of them Navy veterans, led by Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), have written to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro seeking clarification on why the Navy chose a drag queen TikTok influencer as one of their “Digital Ambassadors” for recruitment.
- The lawmakers expressed concern over the Navy’s selection of Joshua Kelley, an active-duty sailor who identifies as “nonbinary” and performs as drag queen “Harpy Daniels”. Kelley frequently posts videos on TikTok and Instagram, transitioning from his Navy uniform to drag costumes.
- In the letter, the lawmakers criticize the “radical, reckless, and woke policies” of the Biden Administration’s Department of the Navy, which they believe deter potential recruits.
- The lawmakers demand answers on the Navy’s recruitment strategies and Kelley’s selection as an ambassador by June 6, with a specific focus on the impact of Biden’s transgender policy on recruitment efforts.
Ten House Republicans and Navy veterans, led by Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), are demanding answers from Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro regarding the Navy’s choice of a drag queen influencer on the Chinese app TikTok as one of its “Digital Ambassadors” for recruitment.
The group sent a letter to Del Toro expressing their concerns, particularly about the Navy recruiting an active-duty sailor who identifies as “nonbinary” and frequently posts videos on social media transitioning from his Navy uniform to his drag persona, “Harpy Daniels”. The lawmakers argue that such practices discourage potential recruits and undermine the Navy’s readiness.
Rep. Andrew Clyde commented, “Our servicemembers should be solely focused on maintaining the most deadly military force in the world, not dressing up in drag.”
The lawmakers also criticized the Biden administration for implementing “woke policies” across the U.S. military, including allowing transgender soldiers to use barracks, bathrooms, and showers of their “gender identity”. They questioned the administration’s definition of “qualified” individuals while endorsing a vaccine mandate that they claim risked the discharge of 75,000 troops.
The legislators have demanded that Del Toro provide information on recruitment and the Navy’s selection of Kelley as an ambassador by June 6. They asked for data related to the Navy’s fiscal year 2023 recruiting goals, the Navy Digital Ambassador Program, and Kelley’s selection, as well as the impact of Biden’s transgender policy on recruitment. They are also seeking information on the operational readiness of the Navy in light of a potential challenge from China over Taiwan.
“A woke military is a weak military…I urge Secretary Del Toro to swiftly address this critical question,” Clyde stated.
“A woke military is a weak military…I urge Secretary Del Toro to swiftly address this critical question,” Rep. Andrew Clyde