Like many Republicans before him, President Donald Trump has attempted to present himself as a great defender of America’s military, in opposition to the Democrats.
Following a recent claim by President Trump that congressional Democrats were threatening to harm the military through the government shutdown, military veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth hit back at Trump over his obvious falsehood and dubbed him “Cadet Bone Spurs.”
In patented Trump fashion, the president attempted to twist the government shutdown as an assault on members of the military, tweeting, “Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!” This clearly did not pass muster with Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. Sen. Duckworth, who lost both legs while serving in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, appeared on the Senate floor and denounced President Trump for his baseless claim. Sen. Duckworth called the president out as a “five-deferment draft dodger” and stated that his remarks are the “latest example of him failing to show leadership to take responsibility for leading this nation.”
The military veteran went on, “Does he even know that there are service members who are in harm’s way right now, watching him, looking for their commander in chief to show leadership, rather than to try to deflect blame? Or that his own Pentagon says that … the short-term funding plans he seems intent on pushing is actually harmful to not just the military, but to our national security? I spent my entire adult life looking out for the well-being, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible. Sadly, this is something the current occupant of the Oval Office does not seem to care to do, and I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger.” The veteran also had something to say to the president for how he has been “baiting” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Stated Tammy, “I have a message for Cadet Bone Spurs: if you cared about our military, you’d stop baiting [Kim] into a war that could put 85,000 American troops and millions of innocent civilians in danger.” She also charged that if the president “truly cared” about military members, he would “stop hiding behind his Twitter account, stop blaming everyone else, and tell his party … to do their job.” Are you glad veteran Duckworth spoke so forcefully against Trump on this issue?
I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger. https://t.co/gR3EbhGxBs
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) January 21, 2018