- Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois didn’t hesitate to hit back Thursday at Republican Rep. Doug Collins, who earlier accused Democrats of being “in love with terrorists.”
- “I left parts of my body behind fighting terrorists in Iraq,” Duckworth, who was a lieutenant colonel in the US Army, told CNN in response to Collins.
- Duckworth was a combat veteran in the Iraq War and lost both her legs and some movement in her right arm as a result of her injuries while serving overseas.
- Her comments came after Collins, as well as other Republicans, baselessly accused Democrats of mourning the death of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated after President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike against him last week.
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Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois pulled no punches on Thursday when she responded to a Republican congressman’s allegation that Democrats are “in love with terrorists.”
“I left parts of my body behind fighting terrorists in Iraq,” Duckworth, who was a lieutenant colonel in the US Army, told CNN in response to the remark from Georgia Rep. Doug Collins.
Duckworth was a combat veteran in the Iraq War, where she was a helicopter pilot. While serving overseas, the Illinois senator suffered serious injuries that caused her to lose both legs and some movement in her right arm. According to HuffPost, she was the first female amputee from the war.
Her comments came after Collins baselessly accused Democrats of mourning the death of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated after President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike against him last week.
“Nancy Pelosi does it again and her Democrats fall right in line,” Collins said. “One, they are in love with terrorists – we see that. They mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our Gold Star families who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani. That’s a problem.”
Collins isn’t the first Republican to suggest that Democrats are upset by Soleimani’s death.
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who also served as Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, said during an appearance on Fox News’ Sean Hannity’s show Monday night that “the only ones mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat Presidential candidates.”
There is no evidence to back up either Haley’s or Collins’ comments.
Democratic leaders have been unequivocal in condemning Soleimani as a terrorist with American blood on his hands. They have, however, expressed concern about Trump’s decision to unilaterally order the strike against him without consulting Congress or seeking prior approval from the legislative branch.
They have also expressed doubts about how robust the underlying intelligence supporting the strike – which the administration has said was necessary because there was an “imminent threat” to Americans – actually was.
The New York Times’ Rukmini Callimachi reported last week that sources told her the underlying evidence was “razor thin.”
This week, the administration came under deeper scrutiny following a Senate briefing on the strike that several lawmakers – Republican and Democratic – sharply criticised for providing little, if any, evidence to support Trump’s decision.
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