Immediately after news spread of comments President Donald Trump made in a speech Monday about Democratic lawmakers who did not stand during applause lines in his first State of the Union address, he began receiving harsh criticism from those he targeted.
“They were like death and un-American,” Trump said of Democrats in the audience for last week’s address.
He went further during a speech he delivered Monday in Cincinnati, claiming that opting to remain seated during his speech was “treasonous” and evidence that Democrats “didn’t seem to love our country that much.”
Among the numerous negative tweets from prominent Democrats, along with a few Republicans, was a denunciation of Trump’s remarks by U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a military veteran who lost both legs when she was seriously injured while deployed in Iraq.
“We don’t live in a dictatorship or a monarchy,” she wrote. “I swore an oath—in the military and in the Senate—to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not to mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap.”
The reference to bone spurs was an apparent nod to the reason for at least one of Trump’s Vietnam-era draft deferments, making it just the latest example of Duckworth using this period of the president’s life as fodder for comments about his performance as president.
She recently excoriated Trump from the Senate floor in her response to his criticism of the Democrats’ position ahead of last month’s government shutdown.
“I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger,” she said.
The 50-year-old senator was also in the news recently for happier reasons when she announced she was pregnant, which would make her the first senator to give birth while in office.
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