When Tomi Lahren Questioned If Millennials Were Ready For The Military, Twitter Had The Facts

"A majority of active-duty military personnel are Millennials."

Leave it to Twitter to come with the facts. When conservative media personality Tomi Lahren recently tweeted a controversial comment about the military readiness of millennial men, fellow users were quick to challenge her.


Lahren — who earlier this year was fired from Glenn Beck's network The Blaze, where she hosted the show Tomi — tweeted on Wednesday, "As I watch millennial men struggle to lift their bags into the overhead bin I am reminded of how f'ed we are if there's a draft."

Many who read the tweet were disappointed in the disparaging remarks about Lahren's own generation, many of whom have served bravely in the military.

John Haltiwanger, senior politics writer at Elite Daily, for example, shared a link to a Pew report from earlier this year, which found that roughly two-thirds of all active-duty military personnel were 30 years old or younger in 2015, with the average enlisted member being just over 27 years old.

"Translation," Haltiwanger wrote. "A majority of active-duty military personnel are Millennials."

Other users also chimed in with their own facts, including U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, who pointed out how many young people have served — and even been wounded and killed — in Iraq and Afghanistan. "What in God's name are you talking about?" he asked Lahren.

Entrepreneur and writer Brandon Friedman, who worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Obama, reminded Lahren that several members of her generation have been awarded the Medal of Honor for their service in the aforementioned countries.

A few hours after she sent the tweet, Lahren responded to the backlash, writing that people should "take a joke," while acknowledging Rep. Swalwell's point about young people serving in the military. However, she stood behind her initial tweet, adding that "those who have joined the military voluntarily would not be drafted."

Lahren's comments about young men's supposed unfitness to serve in the military brings to mind a recent tweet from MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who contrasted young men in the 1940s, who "liberated Europe from Nazism and the Pacific from the Japanese Empire," with the current generation, of whom "too many stay at home playing video games."

The tweet drew similar criticism and confusion from fellow social media users, with one responding, "I actually prefer to live in a world where the young can play games rather than die in wars. But that's just me."

For some, Scarborough's comment pointed to a larger problem of defining men's value according to their military prowess. The same argument could be made against Lahren's tweet. As Jack Moore wrote for GQ, "Masculinity is not defined by going to some foreign country and shooting bullets."

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