Tammy Duckworth is a senator from Illinois who also served her country in Iraq. Duckworth was the first Asian-American elected to the Illinois Senate, as well as the first disabled veteran. She lost both of her legs in combat in 2004 when the helicopter she was in was struck by enemy fire.
Tammy Duckworth is also a Democrat who endorses Hillary Clinton. While speaking at the Democratic National Convention yesterday, Duckworth began by discussing her years of service and how she felt about the country she nearly died to defend. She then called out Donald Trump, specifically to express her anger and frustration at his treasonous call for Russian hackers to release emails that Clinton deleted from her server before turning it over to the FBI.
‘Donald Trump, I didn’t put my life on the line defending our democracy so that you could invite Russia to interfere with it. You are not fit to be the Commander-in-Chief.’
It was a powerful moment, and one Duckworth was well-suited to deliver. Donald Trump talks a good game about supporting our men and women in uniform, and even has an entire section of his website called “Veterans Administration Reforms That Will Make America Great Again,” but his record on supporting veterans tells a very different story.
There were, of course, Trump’s callous remarks toward John McCain when he insisted that McCain wasn’t really a war hero because he was captured. Trump said that he likes “people who weren’t captured,” insulting every veteran who ever suffered through being a prisoner of war while defending this country.
Trump himself is definitely not a war hero, having received deferments for “bone spurs” while also being a student-athlete. He also disrespected our military service members by saying that he received more military training at West Point and calling his sexual escapades his “own personal Vietnam.” In his mind, surviving sexually transmitted diseases made him a “great and very brave soldier.”
Who can forget, as well, the benefit event Trump held for veterans after he refused to attend a presidential debate over tough questions from Megyn Kelly? It is still unclear where any of the money that was raised, which Trump once said was close to $6 million, ever ended up.
Trump has also insisted that he has donated generously to veterans’ organizations, such as the Wounded Warriors Project, over the years. However, researchers found that the Donald J. Trump Foundation, the organization that donates to charities in Trump’s name, donated only $57,000 between 2009 and 2013 to charities that benefit veterans, and none were the Wounded Warriors Project.
When will the GOP just admit that Trump doesn’t care about our military men and women?
Watch Duckworth’s speech below:
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