Senate Republicans Grossly Mock Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth
With respect, forget, for a moment if you will, that it's International Women's Day.
Forget, if you will for a moment that Republicans falsely claim to be the party that respects and cares for our veterans. Forget, if you will for a moment that the GOP presidential candidates in the 2016 election season have taken this nation down the sewer.
But don't forget that U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth isÂ the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Don't forget that sheÂ served as an Assistant SecretaryÂ in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Don't forget that she wasÂ the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.Â
And do not, ever, forget that she is an Iraq war veteran who lost both her legs as a combat helicopter pilot, then served asÂ aÂ Lieutenant ColonelÂ in theÂ Illinois Army National Guard.
How in the world would anyone, ever, think this is OK?
That's a tweet posted by the Republican partyÂ â€“ specifically the NRSC, National Republican Senatorial Committee, whose job is to get Republicans elected to the U.S. Senate.
Yes, the Republicans just mocked a disabled veteran, and said she isn't "standing up for our veterans."
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is running for the Senate, and the GOP clearly isn't happy about it.
The tweet was deleted, according to the many, many people on Twitter right now furious about it, around 10 minutes after it was posted.
No apology. No embarrassment. No show of remorse.
Just one more example of what the Republican Party has become.
Some responses via Twitter:
NRSC tweet on Duckworth lasted 10 minutes. Here's the screen shot pic.twitter.com/4i3wQnxBqVâ€” Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) March 8, 2016
Breathtaking, worst-nightmare-level fuck-up. https://t.co/5RaVtiVH46â€” laura olin (@lauraolin) March 8, 2016
But Republicans no longer get to claim that was an isolated incident. Absolutely deplorable, shocking, and shameful.â€” Mike Sager (@msager) March 8, 2016