GOP accuses double-amputee war vet Duckworth of “not standing up” for vets

Twitter is a helluva site. Politics is a helluva game.

Put the two together, and you can come up with all kinds of hastily-posted content delivered in poor taste.

But it’s really difficult to come up with a tweet (since-deleted, but screenshotted for posterity) that is this bad on so many levels.

From the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the GOP body that helps elect Republicans to the US Senate:

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Tammy Duckworth meeting with a veteran, via Wikimedia Commons

Tammy Duckworth meeting with a veteran, via Wikimedia Commons

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D – IL) is an Iraq War veteran who lost both of her legs when the helicopter she was flying was hit by an RPG. Upon returning to the United States following her deployment, she ran the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and is best-known in Congress for being an absolute badass on veterans issues in the House. She is the actual last person to attack on veterans issues — even if you didn’t use the poorly-chosen term “standing up” to do it.

She’s running for Senate against Mark Kirk in what is shaping up to be one of the more hotly contested races this cycle, which explains why the National Republican Senatorial Committee would be distributing (deeply offensive) opposition research about her.

Taking a step back, though, this is the Republican Party talking — the same party that’s set to nominate a draft-dodging ponce who scams his supporters in the name of veterans. If Tammy Duckworth, a disabled veteran, is the last person you could go after on veterans issues, the Republican Party is the last group in a position to do the attacking.

Usually it’s not worth getting worked up about a tweet that was taken down as quickly as it was posted, but come on guys.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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13 Responses to “GOP accuses double-amputee war vet Duckworth of “not standing up” for vets”

  1. Butch1 says:

    They’ve pulled this once before with Max Cleland, a Vietnam vet who lost three of his limbs. He was running against a republican who had never even worn any uniform of his country who questioned his loyalty to our nation. It worked, Mr. Sessions beat him and won his seat.

  2. UncleBucky says:

    Donald Trump – a ponce!

    Love it! <3

  3. Doug105 says:

    Cruz has another problem.

    Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

    It’s hard to look at Ted Cruz’s face. He’s said to be a brilliant orator with a sharp legal mind. But his expression unsettles me. I understand that my reaction is visceral and automatic, but as a neurologist it is my business to notice things out of the ordinary and probe them. The Senator’s atypical expressions leave me uneasy.

    No matter what the emotional coloring of Senator Cruz’s outward rhetoric is, his mouth typically tightens into the same straight line. If it deviates from this, then the corners of his mouth bend down, not upwards. The outside of his eyebrows bend down, too, when he emotes, something so atypical that it disturbs me. Typically a person’s eyebrows arch up, as does the corrugator muscle that furrow the forehead. What is such a downturned face signaling?

    Downturned expressions usually signal disagreeableness or disgust. But I honestly don’t know because such an expression is rare in the context of public presentations meant to win people over. Cruz may well be unaware that the message of his body language is incongruent with his words.

    And then there is that open “O” of the Senator’s mouth that photos capture over and over. I don’t know what to make of it. But he makes it when he overtly emotes—he shows us as well as tells us that he is determined, irritated, or above it all—whereas speakers who are angry, indignant, or rhetorically displeased push their mouth forward in a pout. He doesn’t. Google “Ted Cruz smiling,” and judge for yourself. For the record I am not a Democrat. I’m at a loss to verbalize what unsettles me so when I watch the freshman senator. But it leaves me cold.

  4. gratuitous says:

    Gee, why did the NRSC delete its tweet? It’s almost like they didn’t think before they tweeted, but we know that can’t be right because Republicans are the greatest folks, the realest Americans, and the savviest politicians evah (just ask any Republican). So why did they delete the tweet?

  5. 2patricius2 says:

    Same here. I voted early to make sure it counts even if a meteor hits me in the head before election day.

  6. Houndentenor says:

    As outrageous as this is, it will not cost them a single Republican vote, not even Among veterans.

  7. BeccaM says:

    This kind of stuff happens because much of the GOP is ruled now by focus-group tested sound-bites and talking points, rather than meaningful arguments or debate. “Stand up for (X)” is one of their standard go-to phrases because it sounds aggressive and masculine.

  8. BeccaM says:

    The GOP establishment and their leaders are all worked up about Herr Drumpf because he’s in the race entirely for himself and as such it outside their control. Even listening to his positions, he’s totally fine with all of the parasite-capitalistic practices which have benefited him mightily, including:
    – Cuts to the capital gains tax rates
    – Lower wages overall and more offshoring of jobs
    – Expanded commercialization of eminent domain
    – The ability to sell permanent U.S. residency visas for rich foreign investors
    – Elimination of the estate tax

    Basically for these purposes, Trump is Wall Street, albeit with more a real estate bent than some. The GOP leaders’ problem with him is he’s not beholden to them, but also a lot of ’em know you can’t win the presidency with only the rabid support of the farthest right, most racist and xenophobic segment of the GOP base. And furthermore, by promoting himself by using not the dog-whistle but the fascist bullhorn, if he becomes the party’s nominee, he could very well cost them Congress and any number of State-level offices as well. A reverse-coattails revulsion effect.

  9. nicho says:

    This is why I’m so confused as to why the Republicans are frothing at the mouth over Trump. There is no difference between him and any other asshole in the GOP. Well, there is that one difference that Trump isn’t bought and paid for by Wall Street like all the rest of them are. So that must be what they’re so incensed about.

  10. The_Fixer says:

    This isn’t the first time that Tammy Duckworth has been attacked by Republicans – and every one of them just as ill-conceived as this one.

    It’s simply making shit up and seeing what will stick. It’s despicable.

  11. UncleBucky says:

    My vote went to Duckworth. And I will vote BLUE in November. We shall see.

  12. iamlegion says:

    Stay classy, Republicans.

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