The official Twitter account for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) accosted Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth in the most unconscionably tone-deaf way possible Tuesday.
— Sarah Valerio (@Sarah_SV) March 8, 2016
Duckworth is a veteran of the Iraq War, where she was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and sustained injuries that cost her both of her legs. Saying she has a “sad record of not standing up for veterans” is about the densest concentration of callousness and obtuseness one can pack into a single tweet.
The tweet was promptly deleted — but not before it was screen-grabbed for posterity.
The tweet included a link to an NRSC press release, which attacked Duckworth and seemed to be geared specifically toward injuring her campaign prospects to win Sen. Mark Kirk‘s (R-IL) seat. (The primary vote is next Tuesday.)
The release mentions a seven-year-old lawsuit brought against Duckworth by two terminated veterans affairs workers. The suit alleges that while Director of Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Duckworth inflicted emotional distress and violated Illinois ethics laws; it is set to go to trial next month.
The NRSC responded to the media coverage of their tweet with a statement, saying, “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.”
Duckworth’s deputy campaign manager called the tweet “tasteless and dishonest, just like everything else to do with Mark Kirk’s flailing campaign.”
No surprise that the NRSC is going after her: The Hill has listed Kirk’s seat at the single most vulnerable U.S. Senate seat two years in a row.
This post has been updated.
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