Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth after she said the American Founding Fathers were “dead traitors.” She also said lawmakers should “listen” to requests to remove statues, including those of George Washington.
During a segment on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday evening, Carlson admitted, “you’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military.” But, his segment did just that.
The Washington Examiner reports Carlson aired Duckworth’s comments and then said: “A national dialogue, please. They are not looking for any kind of colloquy. What they want is a soliloquy. We speak, you shut up and listen.”
“It’s long been considered out-of-bounds to question a person’s patriotism. 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,” he continued per the report.
According to the report, Carlson said Duckworth was in consideration to be Joe Biden’s vice president in 2020. The host suggested Democrats would ruin the country and urged his viewers to back Trump on Election Day.
“They despise this country. They have said so. They continue to. That is shocking, but it is also disqualifying. We cannot let them run this nation because they hate it. Imagine what they would do to it,” he said via the Washington Examiner.
Here's what Tucker said about Tammy Duckworth tonight that prompted her fiery response:
"Most people just ignore her. But when Duckworth does speak in public, you're reminded what a deeply silly and unimpressive person she is… These people actually hate America." pic.twitter.com/yKZVNfwYFC
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 7, 2020
Duckworth, who lost her legs while she was deployed to the Middle East, posted a tweet on Tuesday evening responding to Carlson’s comments.
“Does @TuckerCarlson want to walk a mile in my legs and then tell me whether or not I love America?” she asked.
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
As the Washington Examiner reports, Duckworth’s response sparked a conversation online about a person’s military service and the sacrifice a person makes for their country.
Fox News contributor Johnny “Joey” Jones, who also lost his legs during a tour overseas, said injured veterans are not exempt from criticism.
“A tragic injury from military service doesn’t exempt you from criticism for the choices you make and rhetoric you speak in a political career you sought out,” he tweeted. “You can be more (or less) than your injury, trust me!”
A tragic injury from military service doesn’t exempt you from criticism for the choices you make and rhetoric you speak In a political career you sought out.
You can be more (or less) than your injury, trust me! 🇺🇸
-a credible source https://t.co/PFRb98NqTO
— Johnny (Joey) Jones (@Johnny_Joey) July 7, 2020
Duckworth made her initial comments during an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash when she was asked about President Trump’s Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
“His priorities are all wrong here,” she told Bash, speaking of Trump. “He should be talking about what we’re going to do to overcome this pandemic. What are we going to do to push Russia back? Instead, he had no time for that. He spent all his time talking about dead traitors.”
Bash responded: “That may be true, but George Washington, I don’t think anybody would call him a traitor and there are moves by some to remove statues of him.
“Is that a good idea?” the host asked.
“I think we should listen to everybody,” the Illinois Democrat answered.