Fox News Opinion: “Blake Masters’ Criticism of the Military is Way Off Base”

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 17, 2022
Contact: Hannah Goss,

Fox News Opinion: “Blake Masters’ Criticism of the Military is Way Off Base”

“In Arizona we honor those who serve in the military and respect their sacrifice. Masters does not seem to understand this.”
PHOENIX — Yesterday, Fox News published an op-ed penned by Congressman and U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran Ruben Gallego condemning Blake Masters’ scathing attacks on American military servicemembers.

Since launching his Senate bid, Masters has called our military leaders “totally incompetent,” “piss poor,” and “embarrassing.” Just two weeks ago, Masters doubled down on his unpatriotic comments, claiming there is “rot” in the U.S. military.

See below for key excerpts, or read the Congressman’s full op-ed here:

  • Fox News: Blake Masters’ Criticism of the Military is Way Off Base
  • So when I see Blake Masters, a man who has never served and made his career at a hedge fund, disparage our military and disrespect those who have put on the uniform to defend this great nation, it pisses me off.
  • Masters called America’s military “totally incompetent.” He called our military leaders — those who take on the responsibility of leading our troops and making impossibly difficult decisions — “bozos.”  
  • Masters’ habit of disrespecting our military is nothing new — he’s previously called World War Two “unjust,” defended 9/11 conspiracies and encouraged others to look into the “official story” of the terrorist attacks, and said Al Qaeda is not a real threat to America.
  • His calls to replace our experienced leaders with partisan figures illustrates just how little he understands about our armed forces.
  • And if Blake Masters thinks our military is worse off because our generals want to create a more diverse fighting force, I’m sorry to say, he just doesn’t fully understand national security and foreign policy.
  • So let me put it plainly for Masters: In Arizona, we respect those who serve. We honor their sacrifice and we celebrate everything they’ve given to defend this country. It’s who we are — and it’s clearly who he is not.
  • I don’t care who you are — Democrat, Republican, or Independent — you owe it to our military members and veterans to respect them, to honor them, to recognize their expertise, and to acknowledge everything they’ve sacrificed so that you can sleep at night knowing this country is safe.
  • And if you don’t get that — you have no business running for office. It’s that simple.


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