The National Republic Senatorial Committee (NRSC) tweeted an incredibly tone-deaf statement on Tuesday, accusing Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) of not “standing up for our veterans.”
As Guardian reporter, Scott Bixby, quickly pointed out, Duckworth served in Iraq and lost both of her legs during her deployment, along with severely injuring her right arm. In fact, she is the first female double amputee from the Iraq War.
As Raw Story notes, Duckworth “was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 when her Black Hawk was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. The explosion resulted in Duckworth losing both legs and partial use of her right arm.”
Duckworth served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and has been awarded the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Veterans Leadership Award, so for the NRSC to imply that she has not been committed to veterans’ issues, particularly with such an extremely poor choice of words, is absurd.
The NRSC quickly deleted the tweet, replacing it with this: “Duckworth turned her back on reports of VA wrongdoing.”
However, Bixby’s screenshot of the original tweet and his response immediately caused the public to criticize the GOP’s ignorant choice of language.
The NRSC has yet to offer an apology for the incident.
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