As Tammy Duckworth’s VP bid grows by the day, the right-wing talking-heads are mobilising against her. First up, Tucker Carlson of Fox.
Recently, Tucker Carlson accused Senator Tammy Duckworth of hating America and called her a coward. Let’s expand on this. A personality from a news station whose tagline is “fair and balanced” called a politician he personally didn’t agree with a moron. The biggest entertainer (can’t legally call him a newscaster) who never served a day in the armed forces called an Army officer who flew helicopters in the Iraq War, a woman who lost both of her legs in a crash, a coward and a moron. This is happening because this administration is scared of her becoming Biden’s Vice-Presidential pick.
Senator Duckworth has a history of being critical of Trump. In response to the Russia Probe in 2018, Trump called Democrats “treasonous.” Senator Duckworth shot back citing Trump’s five draft deferments that helped him avoid serving his country during the Vietnam War. She also called him “Cadet Bone Spurs.” In that same year, she called Trump’s dreams of an overtly military-style parade ridiculous. The senator has been calling Trump out on every turn, including his defence of Confederate statues. Senator Duckworth said she’d be willing to have a national discussion on whether or not a statue of General Washington should come down because he owned slaves.
This president has a tendency to punch down, whether it be Gold Star Families (this means picking a fight with a family who lost a son or daughter in combat and he’s done this multiple times), a disabled journalist, making an executive order banning transgender people from serving in the military, or separating immigrant children from their parents and keeping them in cages. But he hasn’t fought back against Senator Duckworth.
Senator Tammy Duckworth has been calling Trump out on every turn, including his defense of Confederate Statues. … Trump can’t call an obvious war hero a moron and a coward, so, he has Tucker Carlson do it.
If you get into politics at all, you’ll find that the number one rule is to make your opponent’s strength a weakness and make your weaknesses a strength. Trump can’t call an obvious war hero a moron and a coward, so, he has Tucker Carlson do it. That falls flat after she tears him apart in a New York Times Op-Ed. Why is that Op-Ed so powerful? She tells the simple truth:
“But what I actually said isn’t the reason Mr Carlson and Mr Trump are questioning my patriotism, nor is it why they’re using the same racist insults against me that have been slung my way time and again in years past, though they have never worked on me.
“They’re doing it because they’re desperate for America’s attention to be on anything other than Donald Trump’s failure to lead our nation, and because they think that Mr Trump’s electoral prospects will be better if they can turn us against one another. Their goal isn’t to make — or keep — America great. It’s to keep Mr Trump in power, whatever the cost.”
Now that there’s been talk that Senator Duckworth is on the shortlist as Biden’s Vice President, Trump and his allies are doing whatever they can to turn her strengths to weakness. There should be no doubt in the patriotism of a woman whose great-grandfather fought in the American Revolutionary War, a woman who commanded troops in combat, and who lost both legs during the Iraq War. The fact that they are attacking her shows she would be a great Vice President and a formidable opponent in the upcoming election.