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Tucker Carlson Owes Tammy Duckworth An Apology, Even If He’s Right

Tucker Carlson rightly said on Fox News that Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who is one of the contestants in “Who Wants to be Biden’s VP?” offered a mealy-mouthed response to bored young jobless proto-Marxist-wannabes tearing down statues of George Washington.

He asked:

Can you really lead a country that you hate?

Ask yourself, what kind of parent would you be if you hated your children?

What kind of officer would you make if you didn’t care about your troops?

It would be awful. The results would be ugly, it would not work.

Loving the people you lead, caring deeply about them is the most basic prerequisite of leadership.

Then concluded:

The leaders of today’s Democratic Party do not, they despise this country. They have said so, they continue, to.

For this opinion, Carlson owes no apology. He’s fronting for President Trump, of course, and in doing so, he can use the same kind of polemic used against Trump all the time by left-leaning media. Trump winks at nods at tiki-torch-carrying skinheads, and they call him a racist, but Trump is just being political, giving his actual racist followers a bone to chew.

In the same way, Sen. Duckworth doesn’t want to throw the actual Marxists, who run money-raising organizations like BLM, under the bus. So she calls for a “national dialogue” on the value of defenestrating the men who fought 240 years ago to found this nation.

As Lin-Manuel Miranda said when faced with criticism of the play “Hamilton!” which he spent six years writing, and starring in, “it’s all fair game.” We can discuss anything we want on history, including the flaws of our founders. Our political class and media can kowtow to political idiots, know-nothings, anarchists, bored jobless horny twenty-somethings, Marxists, white supremacists, black supremacists, and Nazis.

These winks and nods have been going on since America was a nation, and it’s part and parcel of being a pluralistic, diverse society.

Carlson, however, owes Sen. Duckworth an apology.

He has called her a “fraud,” and indicated that she, personally, doesn’t love America.

Sen. Duckworth lost both her legs piloting a military helicopter while serving in Iraq. Carlson’s accusations are obnoxious and false.

Duckworth is the daughter of an immigrant mother and a military father: She was born in Bangkok, Thailand. On her father’s side, her forbears served in every conflict since the Revolutionary War.

She has constantly advocated for veterans as a member of Congress and a U.S. Senator. This is what wrote about Duckworth:

As a Congresswoman, she was supportive of previous efforts to reform VA like the Choice Act in 2014 and she coauthored the bipartisan Clay Hunt SAV Act, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law to improve mental health care services for Veterans and reduce Veteran suicide. She also introduced the bipartisan Troop Talent Act—large portions of which are now law—to help service members transition to civilian life by making it easier for them to turn the skills they learned in the military into the credentials and licenses needed for similar civilian fields.

In honor of her lineage of military service, The Daughters of the American Revolution erected a statue with Duckworth’s likeness. The statue was erected in honor of female veterans and the continued sacrifices they make every day.

David French, in response to Carlson’s words, tweeted that there’s more objective evidence that Tammy Duckworth loves this country than there is that Tucker Carlson does. “He has opinions. She has sacrifice.”

For this, French was vilified by Trump’s legal advisor Jenna Ellis.

Nobody is arguing that there are no liberals in the military, or that liberal ideas are not very wrong. There are plenty of veterans in Congress who hold very bad, and stupid liberal ideas. I can start with Ted Lieu, who was (is) an Air Force JAG, and continue to Seth Moulton, a Marine combat vet from Massachusetts, and go on from there to Duckworth. They all served, and some with distinction.

Just because Lieu and Moulton are wrong doesn’t mean they “hate America.” Yes, some of their constituents legitimately hate America. And some people who served in the military, like Bradley Chelsea Manning, actually hate America. Of course, Manning served prison time for his her hate. Bowe Bergdahl could also be accused of hating America–he attempted to defect to the Taliban. But not Tammy Duckworth.

I am old enough to remember when Bob Dole, Max Cleland, and John McCain all served in the Senate. If someone had said that Cleland, a Democrat who was badly injured in Vietnam, “hated America,” you’d hear from Dole and McCain.

There’s a place for political invective, but it’s not fitting for a Fox News talking head to tell a disabled veteran she hates America. When Tucker Carlson offers that obnoxious opinion without apology, he’s damaging journalism just as much as the New York Times shilling for Cuban dictators.

Carlson owes an apology.


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