Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL on the team that killed Osama bin Laden, expressed anger at the US Navy for using a drag queen to recruit.
The drag queen in question is Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley, who performs under the name “Harpy Daniels” and serves as the Navy’s first “digital ambassador.”
The program Kelley represented ran from 2022 to March 2023 and was designed to reach new candidates via a digital environment, The Daily Mail reported.
However, O’Neill was not happy about the U.S. Navy’s woke direction.
“Alright. The U.S. Navy is now using an enlisted sailor Drag Queen as a recruiter. I’m done,” O’Neill tweeted.
“China is going to destroy us. YOU GOT THIS NAVY. I can’t believe I fought for this bulls***.”
“You’re doing it wrong, @USNavy,” he added. “Talk to someone [who’s] actually done something! Not yeomen with t* and a D*!”
O’Neill’s anger wasn’t isolated, as many other social media users concurred with his sentiment.
“As a Navy veteran, I am ashamed on behalf of the U.S. Navy. I hope that goes over as well as Bud Light did.”
“This is beyond disturbing. I’m a former military officer, and I just can’t believe what our brass is doing.”
“An insult to every veteran and their families. My dad just rolled over in his grave at Arlington. I’m so glad he didn’t have to see this happen.”
Kelley wrote this in an Instagram post last year when he announced his Digital Ambassador appointment:
“From joining to 2016 and being able to share my drag experience on my off time with my fellow sailors has been a blessing.”
“This experience has brought me so much strength, courage, and ambition to continue being an advocate and representation of queer sailors!” he told his more than 8,000 followers.
“Thank you to the Navy for giving me this opportunity! I don’t speak for the Navy but simply sharing my experience in the Navy! Hooyah, and let’s go, SLAY!” Kelly said, using the term popular among the drag community, meaning “to be on point, to win, to be outstanding, or to be the best. “
Kelley said he is “being the representation of people who were oppressed for years in the service.”
According to The Army Times, the U.S. Army missed its fiscal 2022 goal by 15,000 soldiers, while other branches of the U.S. military “barely made quota or had to pull extensively from their pools of delayed-entry applicants.”