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Friday, September 30, 2016

Rep. Joe Walsh On Opponent Tammy Duckworth: ‘Female, Wounded Veteran…Ehh.’

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is in hot water after disparaging his opponent’s military service during an interview with Politico on Wednesday.

Walsh, a tea party favorite, is locked in a tight re-election battle with Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and former Department of Veterans Affairs official. At one point during the interview, Walsh attempted to downplay Duckworth’s service:

“I have so much respect for what she did in the fact that she sacrificed her body for this country,” said Walsh, simultaneously lowering his voice as he leaned forward before pausing for dramatic effect. “Ehhh. Now let’s move on.”

“What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran … ehhh,” he continued. “She is nothing more than a handpicked Washington bureaucrat. David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel just picked her up and dropped her into this district.”

Given that Duckworth lost both of her legs and partial use of her right arm after her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in 2004, she probably isn’t ready to “just move on.” Although Duckworth has so far remained silent, her supporters were quick to condemn Walsh’s comments.

“Just when you think Congressman Joe Walsh couldn’t sink any lower, he insults the service and sacrifice of our Veterans,” VoteVets.org Chairman Jon Soltz said in a statement. “If you think working for America’s veterans at the VA both in Washington and Illinois is nothing, if you think working to improve the economic lives of Veterans is nothing, then Joe Walsh’s record is below nothing.  He represents the do-nothing, obstructionist, extreme Tea Party wing of the GOP, not the values that Tammy stood up for.”

Walsh has attempted to walk back his comments, telling Chicagomag.com that “I often catch myself when I’m talking. I meant something other than how it came out,” and that “I have an unbelievable amount of awe and respect for everybody who wore the uniform.”

  • Joe Walsh is a Scumbag! How he ever got elected to Public Office is beyond me!

    • coachga2

      It’s really quite simple. Republicans would vote for the Devil himself – horns, pitchfork, and all – if he could parrot the Conservative agenda.

      • EdC

        Amen, and they claim that liberals have no God.

    • metrognome3830

      He got elected by scumbags, that’s how.

  • Guest

    I am so sick of hearing politicians both left and right (but so far mainly right) that say things that are so blatantly ignorant and disgraceful about a persons race, sex and in this case a veteran-! Then they want the American voter to believe “Oh-It just kinda blurted out – no harm meant, heh, heh…my bad…heh, heh…”

    • marriea

      That’s why I want him to keep talking……LET HIM!!!!

      • phantomoftheopera

        yes, because his words reveal what’s in his heart (or what passes for a heart–after that comment it’s in question). You can only “blurt out” what you think.

  • Isn’t it ironic that the same people who don’t believe in evolution; somehow haven’t? These are the same people who want to strip women of basic rights, want to make the rich – richer and now even disparage a veteran who lost limbs while in the service of their country. I just can’t understand how anybody could vote for this douche bag, who doesn’t even want to support his own children.

    • Rigel54

      You’ve hit on it without realizing it. They don’t believe in evolution because they’re afraid it might be made retroactive! That would mean oblivion for them.

    • marriea

      No self repecting douche bag wants to be in this donkey’s rectums’ company

  • …………..O M G

    y’know, I am sick to death of people who think they can just sneak in these verbal tics as barbs and get away with it these days. This guy should be carried out back & shown what respect means with a lousiville slugger.
    PLEASE, pound some respect into this PISS ANT who DEFILED the name of one of my favorite guitar players and insulted a member of the military.
    Good bet, that woman could kick this guy’s ass with just one arm. What an asshole, WHY can’t idiots like this be FIRED-ON-THE-SPOT for this stuff?

    What? the tea party NOW is against the Military? wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
    What a faggotey sounding organization. So this is patriotism?
    A better name for this idiot is WISHY WASHY as it nails it to a (cough) tea….

    hey, Wishy Washy, insult a veteren lately?

  • TSO

    This jerk needs to be BANNED from any more public exposure. It’s too bad he can’t be sent off to prison for his latest remarks about Tammy Buckworth. What a total jerk…reminds me of Limbaugh!

    • metrognome3830

      I think I agree with Marriea. Let the jackass keep on braying. Eventually, even the Tea Party won’t be able to support and cover up for him.

  • Abe

    He is a Tea Party member. He is above the law of decency.

  • bstockinger

    Walsh is a typical Won’t pay the bills Republican jerk. Get a woman pregnant, get tired of her and the kids, walk away, and then not pay the bills by making someone else pay. In the case of a divorce, let the women pay for the kids.
    What an ass but it sounds just like Republican arguments against increasing taxes to reduce the deficit, not wanting to require mandatory health care insurance, cutting education rather than increasing a state’s property tax, going to war without a way to pay for it, etc, etc, etc.
    This is so typical of so many people in this country — I don’t want to pay because I already have mine.

  • This Walsh cretin is in great need of professional help. He is either unaware of the extent of her wounds, or he does not give a damm. It does not really matter which because he is an obvious ass of the first order with a cluster. Does anyone believe that he has served the country in his capacity in the House? Anybody??? These baggers have got to go if we are going to get the country moving forward again. Walsh and his ilk have done nothing to advance the cause of the American worker since taking office, and in point of fact I would argue they’ve taken us backward. Come November I hope the voters in his home state remember his asinine comment and send him to the unemployment line where he belongs.

  • EdC

    Just another Republican, doing what they do.

  • Can Joe Walsh and Republican party, stop bullying, and re-bullying those citizens who are better than them? What a “Re-Bullying-Can” party.

  • marriea

    Keep talking Joe, please keep talking. So all she has done was lost her limbs, fighting for her country, huh…..Tammy, I can’t wait for you to debate this jerk…actually less than a jerk.

  • IcE

    Joe Walsh and the tea party are loud and obnoxious. That is their trade mark. No one pays their attention any more.

  • nyerph

    How many times does this individual, and I use the term loosely, have to prove
    he is an absolute ass. Enough already!!!

  • Go Tammy!

  • sleeprn01

    One should not expect anything from a pig but a grunt!!!

  • Wesen

    My state has been redistricted so that Joe Walsh is now my representative. If a can of beans ran against Walsh, I’d vote for the beans. That a woman as honorable as Tammy Duckworth is running against him is a true bonus.

  • JusBwright

    To think that the brave men/women in uniform risk and sacrifice life and limb for cowardly assholes like this taxpayer-paid punk who probably couldn’t beat his way out of a paper bag only to have this sorry bitch-ass say what he said about this TRUE NATIONAL HERO. These coward-ass republicans are pitiful-punks and nothing more and this piss-ant couldn’t beat Tammy D even with no legs and only 1 arm. These punk republicans like him and sissy-ass santorum is what would make you want to throw up about!

  • Pamela Coyner-Bruno

    SHAME ON JOE WALSH! He should not be degrading Tammy Duckworths military
    career and sacrifice. She has proudly served her country and continues to serve her
    country as a representative of Veteran’s in Illinois and across the United States. He is
    nothing more than an insulting loud mouth Representative from Illinois. Lets look at his
    military service? Ahhhh….none? Vote the scumbag out!

  • Remember back in 2008 when nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman said the republicans were the party of the stupid? I don’t believe he meant that all repubicans are stupid. Far from it. But if you are stupid, you’re most likely a right wing tea party republican. Fortunately the tea party will one day become extinct, like the goonie bird. That day cannot come soon enough.

  • As a retired Lt Colonel in the US Marine Corps, Joe Walsh is a disgrace to belittle this fine patriot. All those who believe in our Veterans should display their protest by voting for Tammy at the polls this year.

  • PBJ99

    I agree with all of you. How did that man get elected to begin with? That is the scary part. There are more of them out there! Yes, Joe Walsh, the man who stands for family values, but skips his child support. He should be ashamed of himself.

  • ridemybroom

    what an idiot he is and chicago elected him…ha !…says something for the people in that state…..
    if i could tell joe walsh where to shove it i would …but for now ill just say shove it where the sun dont shine …chicago and the state of Illinois…. heres your chance to prove to the world you can elect someone better than this prissy man….such a fool he is….be brave illinois …be very brave..dump this fool…..!

  • rcook42

    Ok Illinois voters it’s time to put on all of your voting armamentand and take this illiterate political A..hole down, down so low he’ll never see light again in his already buried political life. Don’t relent .

    roger cook

  • Kind of reminds me of when Saxby Chambliss ran against Max Cleland and denigrated Cleland’s patriotism. Cleland was a Vietnam Vet, a Siver and Bronze Star awardee, and lost both legs below the knee and his right forearm while Chamblis collected student deferments. And why was Cleland’s patriotism questioned? Well, it was obvious – he was opposed to Dubya’s military fiascos. Unfortunately, the “good” people of Georgia believed all Democrats were bad, so they voted out a war hero who cared about them to elect a man who was only elected because he promised to support all of Trent Lott’s desires.

  • The ignorance and disrespect coming out of this man’s mouth is going to bury him one of these days…..the more he “expresses” himself the more obvious it becomes. It is just shameful that we as voters have provided him a forum in the Congress of the United States. He certainly doesn’t reflect the values of most of us!

  • Unbelievable. The man is a pig

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