Duckworth Rips Trump Over Vietnam Comments: ‘No One Believes’ You Couldn’t Serve

on November 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (C) talks to reporters with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) following the weekly Democratic policy luncheon at... WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (C) talks to reporters with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) following the weekly Democratic policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol November 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Democratic leaders were critical of the proposed Republican tax cut and reform legislation that is now working its way the House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
|
June 5, 2019 3:44 p.m.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hammered President Donald Trump on Wednesday for saying he was “never a fan” of the Vietnam War.

“#CadetBoneSpurs: no one cares whether you were a ‘fan’ of the Vietnam War. No one believes you were medically unfit to serve,” Duckworth tweeted. “You used your wealth & privilege to avoid serving your country five times, forcing another American to serve in your place each time.”

“None ever said they were fans of war,” she continued in a series of tweets. “They simply answered their nation’s call, regardless of what they thought. Especially during the draft—it wasn’t optional for them.”

Trump told “Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan on Wednesday that he “was never a fan” of the Vietnam War when Morgan asked if he wished he had served.

“I thought it was a terrible war,” said Trump, who deferred the draft with a (possibly bogus) bone spurs diagnosis.

The President also claimed that the funding he’s provided to the military as commander-in-chief makes up for not serving.

“I think I make up for it right now,” he said. “I think I am making up for it rapidly.”

Latest News
Important Update On Comments

Beginning May 1, 2021, the option to comment on an article will be reserved only for TPM members. Non-members and those with free accounts will still be able to read comments both past and present, but will no longer be able to participate. We didn’t come to this decision lightly. Lively dicussion amongst our readers is a critical component of TPM. But in the interest of strengthening and sustaining these discussions, we determined this was the best way forward.

We hope that dedicated participants in the comments will join us as members, and want to make it as easy as possible for you to to so. So we are offering 40% OFF an annual Prime membership to TPM readers with commenting accounts.

We also offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30