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Fox News host Tucker Carlson unloaded on Senator Tammy Duckworth as a “coward” and a “moron” after she blasted him for questioning her patriotism.
Carlson addressed remarks from the Illinois Democrat during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday, calling her out for her criticism of his comments about her in his show the previous night.
(Source: Fox News)
Praising President Donald Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech again as he did on Monday’s show, Carlson reminded viewers that Duckworth had said there needs to be a “national dialogue” on whether statues of George Washington should come down in the nation.
The Fox News host had called out the senator as a “deeply silly and unimpressive person,” adding that “you’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military. Most people just ignore her.”
“Does @TuckerCarlson want to walk a mile in my legs and then tell me whether or not I love America?” Duckworth, who lost her legs in the Iraq War, tweeted.
Does @TuckerCarlson want to walk a mile in my legs and then tell me whether or not I love America?
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) July 7, 2020
“Apparently, Tammy Duckworth saw what we said and didn’t disagree with it exactly,” Carlson said Tuesday.
“Instead, she questioned our right to criticize her at all since she was once injured while serving in the Illinois National Guard. That’s what passes for an argument in modern identity politics. They don’t address the points that you make, they question your right to make them at all,” he added, going on to talk about Washington and his impact as a Founding Father and first president.
“But to morons like Tammy Duckworth, Washington is just some old white guy who needs to be erased. ‘Let’s tear down his statues, rename our capital city Sharpton or Mandela and let the revolution continue!’” he said.
Carlson told viewers that the senator’s office declined an invitation for her to appear on the Fox News show and discuss the issues.
“Her flak informed us that before even considering our request, we must first issue a public apology for criticizing Tammy Duckworth. In other words, I will not debate you until first you admit you are completely wrong,” Carlson explained. “Keep in mind, Tammy Duckworth is not a child, at least not technically, she is a sitting United States senator often described as a hero. Yet Duckworth is too afraid to defend her own statements on a cable TV show. What a coward.”
Carlson went on to call Duckworth a “fraud,” calling her out for “lecturing the rest of us about her moral authority as a veteran.”
“Spare us. Tammy Duckworth is a callous hack who ignore the suffering of actual veterans when it actually mattered. She has no moral authority, she’s just a politician like the rest of them. She works for us. This is a democracy. She has an obligation to explain herself and answer our question and our first question would be how can you lead a country that you despise?” Carlson said, adding Rep. Ilhan Omar to his critique.
“Hating America is a major theme in the Democratic Party right now,” he added, pointing to Omar and her lack of appreciation for being welcomed by the U.S. when she was a child and a Somali refugee.
“As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting,” the Minnesota Democrat said earlier Tuesday, “who is being shut out we will perpetuate this inequality. We cannot stop at the criminal justice system, we must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”
“The problem is,” Carlson said after playing a clip of Omar, “there are many of us here who do like this country.”
“We live here. We don’t want to destroy it. We have every right to fight to preserve our nation and our heritage and our culture,” he concluded. “And when vandals like Tammy Duckworth and Ilhan Omar tell us that we’re not allowed to question their patriotism, even as they scream about how horrible America is, we have every right to laugh in their faces.”
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