Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is a U.S. Army veteran who lost both her legs while fighting in the Iraq War, but she doesn’t believe the President when he uses the military as a pawn in his war of words. And on Saturday, she slammed Trump for his even trying.
“I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five deferment draft dodger,” she declared on the Senate floor.
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Trump and his fellow Republicans have been trying to blame the Democrats for the shutdown and even claimed they wanted to hurt Military families.
Duckworth would not let this slide. She ridiculed Trump’s tweet, accusing Democrats of “holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration.”
“I spent my entire adult life looking out for the wellbeing, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible,” Duckworth said. “Sadly, this is something the current occupant of the Oval Office does not seem to care to do.”
“I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five deferment draft dodger,” she said, referring to Trump’s five deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War.
“And I have a message for Cadet Bone Spurs: If you cared about our military, you’d stop baiting Kim Jong-un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops and millions of innocent civilians in danger.”
McConnell, in the meantime, rejected a Democratic resolution that would continue to pay the military even if the government shut down.
As Duckworth noted on Friday, the Pentagon found that a short-term spending bill by the GOP could have “wasteful and destructive” national security ramifications.
“Enough is enough,” Duckworth tweeted. “I didn’t spend 23 years in the military going through multiple deployments just to weaken our national security, hurt our troops, and kick the can down the road again.”