Senator Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs in a job in Iraq, strikes back after Tucker Carlson suggests she hates America

“Does @TuckerCarlson want to cross a mile at his feet and then tell me if I love America or not?” Duckworth he wrote on Twitter.
Duckworth was awarded the Purple Heart after losing her legs in 2004, when a rocket-propelled grenade hit a helicopter she co-piloted during the Iraq war.

Duckworth later retired from the Illinois Army National Guard as a lieutenant colonel and went on to become assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration.

When she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, she became the first woman with a double amputation to serve in the chamber and was the first senator to give birth while in power.

But Carlson, whose controversial comments have sparked more boycotts of advertisers over the years, has tried to question her patriotism on his Fox News program.

“You shouldn’t criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military,” Carlson said, acknowledging he was aware of her service.

Carlson then attacked Duckworth as a “deeply silly” and “unimpressive person” for comments to CNN suggesting a “national dialogue” on the possible removal of a monument to the founding fathers, such as George Washington, who owned slaves,

“You can’t think about a person’s patriotism for a long time,” Carlson said after replaying a clip from Duckworth’s appearance on CNN over the weekend. “It’s a very strong charge and we try never to make it.”

“But despite all this, a conclusion cannot be avoided: These people actually hate America,” Carlson added. “No more questions about that.”

The attack on Duckworth followed because she is considered Joe Biden as the vice presidential candidate. People familiar with the issue told CNN in late June that it is among the wider stratum being considered.
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