Womens’ veterans groups and media figures widely criticized Fox News pundit Liz Trotta last week for claiming that women service members should “expect” sexual assault and complaining about levels of bureaucracy that support women who have been “raped too much.” Trotta was reacting to and complaining about a recent Pentagon decision to relax rules on women serving in combat roles.
This weekend on Fox News, Trotta tried clarify what she meant, saying that she’s concerned about “the hardline feminists” trying “to force the Pentagon to lift the ban on women in combat.” She added that, “Accordingly, the political correctness infecting the Pentagon has resulted in silly and dishonest fairy tales about female heroism.”
But instead of offering any regret for saying women in the military should expect sexual assault, she dug in a bit further, seeming to agree with the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer that women should not serve in combat at all because they’re, well, women:
TROTTA: The military is not a social services operation, or a testing ground for gender wars. It is a fighting machine. Women are not as strong as men. Their instincts and reactions in crises are markedly different. There’s a reality the left will not face: biology is not destiny.
Mediaite has the video:
Raw Story points out that President Obama recently nominated the second female ever to serve as a four star general and that according to a Congressional Research Service report last year, the military has recognized women service members for heroism in combat. “In 10 years of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of female members have been deployed, and hundreds wounded and/or killed,” the report says. “On numerous occasions women have been recognized for their heroism, two earning Silver Star medals.”