Fox News host Tucker Carlson — who never served in the military — attacked Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on May 6 because she supports a “national dialogue” on removing memorials to former President George Washington, who was a slave owner.
Carlson began his rant with the false premise that Duckworth could never be criticized because she is a U.S. veteran. After creating that straw man argument to paint himself as a victim, Carlson attacked her patriotism:
You’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military. Most people just ignore her. But when Duckworth does speak in public, you’re reminded what a deeply silly and unimpressive person she is.
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. There’s no longer a question about that.
Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in the Iraq War, replied on Twitter.
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