Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) responded sharply to Tucker Carlson on Monday, after the Fox News host deceptively edited a video clip of the senator and accused her of hating America.
“You're not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military,” Carlson said on the July 6 edition of his Fox News show. “Most people just ignore her.”
Carlson simplified the story considerably. While serving as an Army helicopter pilot in Iraq, Duckworth lost both her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in the cockpit right at her feet.
Carlson continued: “But when Duckworth does speak in public, you're reminded what a deeply silly and unimpressive person she is. Here's Tammy Duckworth from over the weekend telling us it's time to get rid of George Washington.”
The video merely showed Duckworth responding to a question from CNN anchor Dana Bash on Sunday, saying, “Well, let me just say that we should start off by having a national dialogue on it, at some point,” then quickly cut away.
“So what to make of all of this? Well, it's long been considered out of bounds to question a person's patriotism,” Carlson went on to say. “It's a very strong charge, and we try not ever to make it. But in the face of all of this, the conclusion can't be avoided. These people actually hate America. There's no longer a question about that.”
Duckworth, who has been mentioned in media coverage as a possible Democratic candidate for vice president, tweeted her response to Carlson Monday night:
Media Matters’ Parker Molloy also pointed out that Carlson engaged in a deceptive edit of what Duckworth actually said: Far from dwelling on the issue of taking down images of George Washington, Duckworth was trying to change the subject back to more important topics.
As was clear from viewing the full segment, Duckworth gave brief mentions of some important issues of cultural dialogue — while trying to steer the conversation back to pressing issues such as the coronavirus pandemic and the alleged Russian bounties on American troops.