Ted Cruz, who in new national polls has crept up to become the GOP frontrunner for the presidential primary race, has an important message for all soldiers who suffer from celiac disease: He’s not going to stand for that kind of nonsense.
In a recent address to supporters in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Cruz lamented the “softening” of the American executive office, using the example of — in his mind — unnecessary political correctness.
“That’s why the last thing any commander should need to worry about is the grades he is getting from some plush-bottomed Pentagon bureaucrat for political correctness or social experiments, or providing gluten-free MREs,” Cruz said, referring to Meals, Ready-to-Eat that are served to soldiers on the battlefield.
Cruz should know that currently, the official Department of Defense policy is that people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity are not eligible for military service. Celiac disease currently affects approximately one percent of the population worldwide.