To Tucker Carlson and Trump, the only acceptable patriotism is deferential patriotism
Carlson went on to disparage Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) as “silly and unimpressive” and to claim that she and Democratic leaders hate America.
“They despise this country. They have said so. They continue to,” Carlson said. “That is shocking, but it is also disqualifying. We cannot let them run this nation because they hate it.”
His arguments were as sloppy as his conclusions were hostile. Duckworth, a veteran who lost her legs in combat, said it was “time to get rid of George Washington,” according to Carlson — because, when asked, she said that there should be “a national dialogue” on monuments to Founding Fathers like Washington who owned slaves. Biden offered “a full-throated attack,” he said — because his Fourth of July message noted that America’s history has been “a constant push and pull between two parts of our character” and because Biden mentioned “systemic racism,” which Carlson said “has no real definition.”
She lost her right leg near the hip and her left leg below the knee from injuriessustained on November 12, 2004, when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by Iraqi insurgents. She was the first American female double amputee from the Iraq War.
Fox News opinion host Tucker Carlson doubled down on his criticisms of Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth from the previous night, claiming she was a "moron" who was "hating America."
Carlson described Duckworth as a "fraud" and claimed she was using to her military service background, "since she was once injured," to drown out his criticism.
Maj. Ladda “Tammy” Duckworth remembers seeing a ball of flame after an RPG hit her helicopter, and wondering why her legs couldn’t work the control pedals.
“I found out later the pedals were gone, and so were my legs,” she said.
Stars and Stripes *from 2005*
'Nothing easy' about getting Purple Heart POLITICO 2016
Responding to Donald Trump’s claim that he “always wanted to get the Purple Heart,” Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday tweeted a picture of her injured self in a hospital with her own medal, adding: “Nothing easy about it.”
Without setting foot on a battlefield, Donald Trump said he received a Purple Heart medal on Tuesday at his rally in Ashburn, Virginia, from a retired lieutenant colonel and supporter.
“I said to him, ‘Is that like the real one, or is that a copy?” the Republican nominee said moments after taking the stage at a local high school.
Trump recounted the exchange, remarking that the man, who he identified as retired Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman said, “That’s my real Purple Heart. I have such confidence in you.”
“And I said, ‘Man, that’s like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart,” Trump said. “This was much easier.”