Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, fired back at Carlson Monday night after the Fox News host excoriated her for comments calling for study and dialogue about whether statues of George Washington should be taken down.
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‘Does @TuckerCarlson want to walk a mile in my legs and then tell me whether or not I love America?’ Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) asked on Twitter Monday
‘Does @TuckerCarlson want to walk a mile in my legs and then tell me whether or not I love America?’ she asked on Twitter.
Duckworth, a former Army pilot who flew missions in Iraq, committed what many analysts consider a political flub when she entertained the idea of taking down statues of the nation’s first president, who also owned slaves.
‘You’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military,’ Carlson said on his show Monday night. ‘Most people just ignore her. But when Duckworth does speak in public, you’re reminded what a deeply silly and unimpressive person she is,’ he continued.
‘It’s long been considered out of bounds to question a person’s patriotism. It’s a very strong charge, and we try not ever to make it. But in the face of all of this, the conclusion can’t be avoided. These people actually hate America. There’s no longer a question about that,’ he continued.
‘These people actually hate America,’ Fox News host Tucker Carlson said in a monologue where he blasted Sen. Duckworth, a double amputee injured in the Iraq War
Then a captain in the Illinois Army National Guard, Tammy Duckworth stands by her UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Now a U.S. senator, Duckworth would spend 23 years in the Illinois Army National Guard retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade on Nov. 12, 2004. Duckworth lost both legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion and received a Purple Heart for her combat injuries
Duckworth hit back at Carlson Monday night for his comments
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President Trump tweeted out clips of Carlson’s show without adding further comment
Appearing on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ Sunday, Duckworth hedged when asked whether statues from founders like Washington and Jefferson who owned slaves should come down.
She has already called for renaming Army bases that bear the names of confederate generals – a sharp contrast with President Trump, who has called out what he says are attempts destroying the nation’s heritage, and who even criticized NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag.
‘Well let me just say that we should start off by having a national dialogue on it at some point, but right now we’re in the middle of a global pandemic,’ Duckworth said, ‘and one of our countries who are opposed to us, Russia, has put a bounty on American troops’ heads,’ she said. ‘What really struck me about the speech that the president gave at Mount Rushmore was that he spent more time worried about honoring dead Confederates than he did talking about the lives of 130,000 Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19 or by warning Russia off of the bounty they’re putting on Americans’ heads.’
‘He spent all his time talking about dead traitors,’ the Illinois senator said.
Pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash on whether taking down statues of Washington was a good idea, she responded: ‘I think we should listen to everybody,’ she said. ‘I think we should listen to the argument there,’ before turnign back to Trump’s comments at Mt. Rushmore, which she said was on land that was ‘stolen from Native Americans.’
Trump did not append any of his own comments to the clip of Carlson. His tweet came after a day when White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused repeated questions about whether Trump supports displays of the Confederate flag after Trump used Twitter to criticize NASCAR’s decision to ban the flag from its events.
Trump also tweeted Monday about preserving the names of the Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins.