The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a tweet Tuesday afternoon which it later deleted. The tweet attacked Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a double amputee, saying she is “not standing up for our veterans.”
Duckworth served in Iraq and lost both of legs and part of her arm in combat. After Twitter users piled in to point out the extremely poor wording of the tweet, the NRSC quickly deleted it.
Duckworth is the first disabled woman elected to the House.
An NRSC spokeswoman gave Talking Points Memo a statement on the tweet. Instead of taking responsibility for the wording of their own tweet, they criticized the media for covering the it.
“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,” the statement read.
Duckworth’s Senate campaign shot back, calling the NRSC tweet “vile” and had some choice words for incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).
“Tasteless and dishonest, just like everything else to do with Mark Kirk’s flailing campaign,” spokesman Matt McGrath told TPM. “Tammy has made fighting for Veterans her life’s work, and will continue to do so in the Senate.”
The Kirk campaign also provided TPM with a statement saying, in part, “the simple truth” of Duckworth’s record “is marked by failure and poor judgement that has put veterans at risk.”
In 2012, Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Tea Party), a deadbeat dad, disparaged Duckworth’s war record.
“What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran … ehhh,” Walsh said of his opponent at the time. Walsh lost and we’re not sure if he’s paid his mounting debt in child support or not. He still works as an angry Twitter user though and has some sort of Internet-radio type show.
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Deleted tweet: TPM.