It’s an election year so, as you might expect, here come the attacks. Of course, the world of social media is no exception.
One of these year’s races involves U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat who is currently running for Senate. In a tweet meant to attack her over her job as the former director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Republican Senatorial Committee put out this tweet, which criticizes her for “not standing up for our veterans”:
This is pretty standard fare, as far as attacks go, right? Well, the claim of her “not standing up” might be taken in a different light if you look at another photo of Rep. Duckworth.
In 2004, Tammy Duckworth, then an Army helicopter pilot, lost both her legs in combat after the Blackhawk helicopter she was co-piloting was show down in Iraq. For her injuries, she received a Purple Heart.
So, now you see why it might be problematic for the NRSC to attack a double-amputee for not “standing up.”
Needless to say, the tweet was taken down after only a few minutes. However, rather than apologize, the NRSC simply “acknowledged the mistake” and pressed on with their attack by issuing the following statement:
“It would be great if reporters would pay as much attention to a deleted tweet as they should to Tammy Duckworth being sued by VA whistleblowers for ignoring claims of mistreatment and corruption.”
Ain’t politics grand?