Pete Hegseth was on “The Kelly File” tonight, where he slammed the State Department for touting a Twitter offensive that has shut down thousands of ISIS accounts.

“Until you can take a hashtag, load it into a magazine, rack it into an M-4, charge it and put it in the forehead of an ISIS fighter, they can take their hashtags and sit on the sidelines,” he said.

Hegseth said that the U.S. must show its enemy it’s willing to fight. The online battle, he said, is a tertiary component.

“Until ISIS feels the heat on the ground, this hashtag conflict isn’t gonna do us all that much good,” he predicted.

Hegseth also sounded off on a Daily Beast report that operations to retake Mosul are being pushed back from spring to fall or beyond. He said that the Iraqi army isn’t capable of such operations yet, so it “baffles” him that the U.S. was talking about a spring offensive in the first place.

“We’ve got rhetoric getting in front of reality,” he said.

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