Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) eviscerated President Trump after the federal government was shut down on Friday at midnight because the Senate failed to pass a “short-term funding bill.”
“Does he even know that there are service members who are in harm’s way right now, watching him, looking for their commander in chief to show leadership, rather than [trying] to deflect blame?” Or that his own Pentagon says that the short-term funding plans he seems intent on pushing is actually harmful to not just the military, but to our national security?”
She then compared her own combat experience to the current president’s lack thereof:
“I spent my entire adult life looking out for the well-being, the training, the equipping of the troops for whom I was responsible. Sadly, this is something that the current occupant of the Oval Office does not seem to care to do — and I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger. And I have a message for Cadet Bone Spurs: If you cared about our military, you’d stop baiting Kim Jong-un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops, and millions of innocent civilians, in danger.”
Duckworth, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who lost both of her legs when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down over Iraq in 2004, also reminded President Trump that his own party does control literally everything and that he needs to fund the military budgets and guarantee the benefits that are being requested by the top-level military leaders that the president himself hired.