WASHINGTON — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who lost both legs in a 2004 helicopter crash during the Iraq War, hit back at Fox News host Tucker Carlson by asking if he wanted to “walk a mile in my legs” after he suggested she and other Democratic leaders “hate America.”
“You’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she served in the military,” Carlson said in the opening monologue of his Monday show. “Most people just ignore her. But when Duckworth does speak in public, you’re reminded of what a deeply silly and unimpressive person she is.”
“These people actually hate America,” he said, adding later in the show that Democratic leaders “despise this country.”
Carlson was responding to comments Duckworth made Sunday in a CNN interview. Asked about the removal of statues nationwide in response to protests over racial discrimination, and the targeting of some statues of George Washington, Duckworth said, “we should start by having a national dialogue on it,” adding, “but right now, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic.”
When pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash if removing statues of Washington was a “good idea,” Duckworth said, “I think we should listen to everybody,” before pivoting to talk about the “greater context” in the country of the coronavirus pandemic.
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“I’m more worried about the 130,000 who have lost their lives recently….than I am about our historical past,” she said.
Duckworth, a first-term senator from Illinois, has seen her national stature rise as her name is floated as a potential vice presidential pick for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign.
Last week, she said she would block over 1,100 military promotions in the Senate until the Pentagon committed to protecting key impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
The senator has also drawn attention from the Trump campaign. Trump shared the video of Carlson’s monologue on Tuesday, and his campaign released a statement later in the day saying she was “using her military service to deflect from her support for the left-wing campaign to villainize America’s founding.”
Duckworth’s campaign responded in a tweet, saying her family “fought for our nation’s independence” with Washington and calling herself a “proud member” of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She traces her family’s roots on her father’s side to the American Revolution.
She said Trump should be ending the coronavirus pandemic and “standing up to Putin instead of wasting time trying to distract people” from his administration’s failures.
Biden Tuesday evening also came to Duckworth’s defense.
During a virtual fundraiser where Duckworth introduced him, Biden criticized Trump for questioning the Illinois Senator’s patriotism as “disgusting, sickening” and a “reflection of the depravity of what’s going on in the White House right now.”
“I can’t think of anyone who has shown more courage of both kinds. I really mean it Tammy,” Biden told Duckworth, according to a pool report from the fundraiser. “I’m grateful for you here with me in this fight.”
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