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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