Tea Party Rep: Double-amputee combat vet not a “true” hero

Republican Representative Joe Walsh has a track record of saying outrageous things, but maligning the character of a military veteran who lost both legs in combat? Even for Walsh, this is a new low:

Tea party-favorite Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) may not have ever volunteered for military service, but he says he can spot a “true hero” and the double amputee running for his seat isn’t one.

Think Progress captured video on Sunday of Walsh telling supporters that Tammy Duckworth wasn’t a hero because “all she talks about” is losing both her legs when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down in Iraq in 2004. (source)

This is an insult not just to Duckworth, but to all veterans.

Send Walsh a message. Tell him what you think of his statements. And tell him he needs to apologize now.

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About John Hlinko

John Hlinko is a frequent political pundit on TV, and the founder of Left Action, a network of over 1 million activists. He is also the author of, "Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread," ranked by Amazon.com as the # 1 "hot new release" in web marketing in early 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook
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