As Twitchy reported, Salon ran a hit-piece on Sen. Tom Cotton over the weekend saying that Cotton claimed to have served as a U.S. Army Ranger when he, in fact, wasn’t a Ranger at all, only a graduate of Ranger school — he’d never served in the 75th Ranger Regiment (nor had he claimed to have). As one commenter pointed out, that stance was a odds with Salon’s own piece about the school’s first female graduates, whom they called Rangers.

National Review’s John McCormack has been doing some digging and has an excellent piece up at National Review. He notes that practically everyone hailed the first female Rangers at the time:

He writes:

Until 2015, a woman had never graduated from Ranger school. When two women, Shaye Haver and Kristen Griest, graduated that year, they were widely hailed as the first female Army Rangers.

A bipartisan resolution with 38 cosponsors was introduced in the Senate in 2015 honoring Griest and Haver as “as our Nation’s newest United States Army Rangers.” The resolution passed the Senate by unanimous consent. An identical House resolution honoring Griest and Haver as “as our Nation’s newest United States Army Rangers” had 32 cosponsors, including veterans Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

“History will be made on Friday when these two female soldiers graduate as @USarmy Rangers,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter.

Over the weekend, Colorado Democratic representative Jason Crow, who served in the 75th Ranger Regiment and was elected to Congress in 2018, joined the progressive pile-on of Cotton. “Hey @SenTomCotton, unless you wore one of these berets you shouldn’t be calling yourself a Ranger,” Crow tweeted. “Truth matters.” On Monday, National Review sent an email to Crow’s spokesman asking if the Colorado congressman thought it was wrong to refer to Shaye Haver and Kristen Griest as Army Rangers. Crow’s spokesman has not yet replied to the request for comment.

But most amazing of all, Newsweek, about which we’ve already written today, went back and stealth-edited its piece from 2015 to align with Salon’s narrative after being contacted by Cotton’s office.

So just like that, “will become Rangers” is now, “will be allowed to wear the coveted Ranger tab on their uniforms.”

Are they Rangers or not, Newsweek?

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