According to a new report from the Washington Post, during a “MAGA meetup” event on Thursday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) ripped Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) suggesting she supports the “destruction of America.”
“I think a general message that the left stands for the destruction of America and the right doesn’t probably works pretty well with veterans, even liberal ones, because even liberal veterans probably don’t agree with that, unless you’re Tammy Duckworth,” Crenshaw was reported as saying.
Per TheHill, Crenshaw’s remarks echo comments made by the Trump campaign, which released a statement alleging that Duckworth is “using her military service to deflect from her support for the left-wing campaign to villainize America’s founding.”
President Trump also recently retweeted a clip of Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasting the Illinois senator for her comments, accusing her of being a “moron,” “silly,” and “unimpressive.” He later called her a coward for opting not to appear on his show.
Duckworth hit back at Carlson for questioning her patriotism in an op-ed published in The New York Times, arguing that he took her remarks out of context and launched unwarranted attacks.
She also slammed Trump for the allegations launched against her, alleging people questioning her devotion to her country are attempting to distract the president’s “failure” to lead during the pandemic.
“Setting aside the fact that the right wing’s right to lie about me is one of the rights I fought to defend, let me be clear: I don’t want George Washington’s statue to be pulled down any more than I want the Purple Heart that he established to be ripped off my chest. I never said that I did,” she wrote.
“But while I would risk my own safety to protect a statue of his from harm, I’ll fight to my last breath to defend every American’s freedom to have his or her own opinion about Washington’s flawed history. What some on the other side don’t seem to understand is that we can honor our founders while acknowledging their serious faults, including the undeniable fact that many of them enslaved Black Americans.”