WATCH: Sen. Duckworth Claims Tucker Singled Her Out Because She’s Asian American

Appearing on CNN, Senator Tammy Duckworth reacted to Tucker Carlson calling her a “coward” and “moron.”

Duckworth claimed Carlson singled her out because she’s Asian American.

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WashingtonExaminer reports Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Fox News host Tucker Carlson targeted her for criticism earlier this month because she is Asian American.

The Illinois senator appeared on CNN Newsroom Tuesday and was asked about Carlson calling her a “moron” on his show following her remarks that the United States should have a discussion on whether to remove statues of historical leaders.

“I want to ask you, turning now to something else that has happened since we last spoke, about the attacks on you by Fox News host Tucker Carlson,” host Brianna Keilar asked Duckworth.

“When you love the Constitution, and you love this country as much as I do, so much so that you’re willing to lay down your life to protect and defend her, then you must agree to defend the rights of the likes of Tucker Carlson to lie about you. I truly believe in freedom of speech. That it’s enshrined in the Constitution,” Duckworth responded.

Keilar then asked if she believes Carlson made the comments because Duckworth could be chosen as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.

“I think he singled me out because I’m Asian American and I look different. Asian Americans have always been the other in our society,” she said.

She added, “He doesn’t want America to be as diverse as it should be. In fact, he used I think 10 words of the white supremacy statement on that. So, this is what they do. They go after your strength.”

A feud between Carlson and Duckworth began in early July when the Fox News host criticized the senator for saying she wants to have a “national dialogue” about removing the statues and that the country needs to “listen to everybody” while debating the issue.

“A national dialogue, please,” Carlson said after airing video of Duckworth’s remarks. “They are not looking for any kind of colloquy. What they want is a soliloquy. We speak, you shut up and listen. … It’s long been considered out of bounds to question a person’s patriotism. It’s a very strong charge, and we try not ever to make it. But in the face of all of this, the conclusion can’t be avoided. These people actually hate America.”

“This is the person lecturing the rest of us about her moral authority as a veteran. Spare us. Tammy Duckworth is a callous hack who ignored the suffering of actual veterans when it actually mattered. She has no moral authority, she is just a politician like the rest of them,” Carlson said after he called her a “moron.”