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Senate GOP Campaign Deletes Tweet Accusing Disabled Democrat Of ‘Not Standing Up’ For Veterans

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Senate GOP Campaign Deletes Tweet Accusing Disabled Democrat Of ‘Not Standing Up’ For Veterans

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Photo: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) at the Hyde Park Independence Day Parade, July 4, 2015, via Facebook.

Senate Republicans’ campaign arm looks like it needs to watch its language when discussing a top Democratic candidate.

Tuesday afternoon, the National Republican Senatorial Committee tweeted — and, soon after, deleted — the accusation: “Tammy Duckworth has a sad record of not standing up for our veterans.” Duckworth, a congresswoman from Illinois, is challenging incumbent GOP Sen. Mark Kirk.

The problem: Tammy Duckworth is not only a veteran herself, but accusing her of “not standing up for our veterans” is a particularly poor choice of words. Duckworth lost both her legs in Iraq, when the helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by an insurgent’s rocket-propelled grenade. As she has written of the experience: “My right leg was vaporized; my left leg was crushed and shredded against the instrument panel.” Her right arm was also severely injured, though doctors were indeed able to save it.

Jonathan Chait preserved it in this screen grab:

One possible reply to Chait: Hey, this staffer might actually have a bright future working on Donald Trump’s media team.

Photo: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) at the Hyde Park Independence Day Parade, July 4, 2015, via Facebook.

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22 Comments

  1. JPHALL March 8, 2016

    Hilarious is the only way to describe this gaffe!

    Reply
    1. drdroad March 9, 2016

      Hmmm, I can think of various other ways to describe it: disgusting, repulsive, abhorrent, shameful, sick. Have to go to my Thesaurus for more.

      Reply
    2. David March 9, 2016

      But, at this point, what difference does it make?

      Reply
  2. Otto T. Goat March 8, 2016

    Liberals have no sense of humor.

    Reply
    1. Paul Bass March 9, 2016

      So otto, if you had no legs, you would think it OK to say to you, “why aren’t you ‘standing up’ for vets?”

      If you don’t see how sleazy this is, what happened, did your mom drop you on your head multiple times as a baby?

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      1. Insinnergy March 9, 2016

        His primary delusion is that he is “educating” and “challenging” us.
        In reality he’s a sad troll with a desperate need for someone… anyone… to notice him. Given his obvious lack of insight or creativity, he’s really just been left with attempting a sad form of one line shock humour where he says the most disgusting or appalling thing he can think of, then feeds off the reaction.

        I don’t think anyone has told him yet that this still won’t fill the void.

        Sad troll.

        Reply
    2. Bill P March 9, 2016

      That’s not true we laugh at your comments all of the time.

      Reply
    3. ps0rjl March 9, 2016

      That is not humorous. It shows a surprising amount of stupidity.

      Reply
    4. dpaano March 9, 2016

      We have great senses of humor, but that wasn’t funny in the least!!! It was sad!

      Reply
    5. Insinnergy March 9, 2016

      Ahhhh the sound of Otto pee…
      Enough people hate you yet for you to feel validated, sad troll?

      Reply
  3. John March 9, 2016

    He will be working for sleazy Ted Cruz.

    Reply
  4. nana4gj March 9, 2016

    Tammy Duckworth stands up for her country, more than can be said for any Republican these many days.

    Reply
  5. CrankyToo March 9, 2016

    Here’s the bottom line, folks: this turd-blossom of a staffer, whoever he or she is, wouldn’t amount to a pimple on Tammy’s a$$.

    Reply
  6. FireBaron March 9, 2016

    KInd of like when Max Cleland was accused of being soft on terrorism. Never mind that Senator Cleland served in Vietnam, where he lost both legs and one arm, while his opponent who accused him (Saxby Chamblis) got by on numerous deferments during the war.

    Reply
  7. greenlantern1 March 9, 2016

    Remember the Walter Reed scandal?
    Who was president?
    Who was Secretary of the VA?
    The ONLY president, that ordered our troops to fire upon our vets, was Herbert Hoover!
    Ever read about the BONUS MARCH?
    Our ONLY, jailed, Secretary of the Veteran’s Bureau, was Charles Forbes!
    Harding was president!
    Perfectly clear?

    Reply
    1. dpaano March 9, 2016

      No….

      Reply
    2. Insinnergy March 9, 2016

      Dude. Back on your meds.

      Reply
    3. iamproteus March 9, 2016

      That’s a lot of questions! I have one for you….what does any of that mean in today’s world?

      Reply
      1. greenlantern1 March 9, 2016

        Do you really expect to get the vet vote?
        Dream on!

        Reply
    4. Otto T. Goat March 9, 2016

      Crystal.

      Reply
  8. Beethoven March 10, 2016

    To all veterans, and other people who still have some decency in them, let’s start a movement. Tammy Duckworth can’t stand up for veterans, because she lost her legs while serving in Iraq. So let’s all stand up for Tammy Duckworth and vote against these self-proclaimed patriots who are helping only the super-rich.

    Reply
  9. I of John April 14, 2016

    I smell a Change in the Senate.

    Reply

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