Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Deadbeat Dad), the tea party favorite of Illinois, disparaged his Democratic opponent, Tammy Duckworth — a combat veteran — at a town hall meeting on Sunday. According to Think Progress, he said:
“Understand something about John McCain. His political advisers, day after day, had to take him and almost throw him against a wall and hit him against the head and say, “Senator, you have to let people know you served! You have to talk about what you did!” He didn’t want to do it, wouldn’t do it. Day after day they had to convince him. Finally, he talked a little bit about it, but it was very uncomfortable for him. That’s what’s so noble about our heroes. Now I’m running against a woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about. That’s why we’re so indebted and in awe of what they’ve done.”
First of all, SERIOUSLY?! John McCain couldn’t have talked about his military service and POW experience more than he did in 2008 — which is FINE, because that’s part of his background and service to our country. He gets to talk about that and so does Tammy Duckworth — who, by the way, is “a double amputee who lost both her legs in Iraq when insurgents hit her helicopter with an RPG in 2004.”
Fuck Joe Walsh and anyone in his town hall audience who applauded his remarks. It never ceases to amaze me how the tea party “patriots” revere politicians who are anything but patriotic to our country and to our service members.
Here’s what Vote Vets, a non-partisan PAC that supports veterans issues, had to say, in part, to Think Progress about Joe Walsh’s remarks:
“Telling a veteran to shut up on the 4th of July is beyond the pale. We are past the point of calling on Joe Walsh to apologize. He should step aside and and stop embarrassing his district and America.”
The Republican Party reminds you to “Support the Troops!” unless they don’t agree with your conservative political agenda, then screw ‘em.