Responding to Donald Trump’s claim that he “always wanted to get the Purple Heart,” Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday tweeted a picture of her injured self in a hospital with her own medal, adding: “Nothing easy about it.”
“This is how one usually looks when you are awarded the Purple Heart. Nothing easy about it,” the Illinois congresswoman tweeted directly at the Republican nominee, accompanied by a picture of her battle scars from Iraq. Duckworth is currently involved in one of the nation’s most high-profile Senate races, against Republican incumbent Mark Kirk.
The tweet had garnered over 12,000 likes and 7,000 retweets as of early Tuesday evening.
Duckworth was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while co-piloting a Black Hawk helicopter on Nov. 12, 2004, in Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the lower half of her body. The blast cost her both her legs and also caused serious damage to her right arm.
At a campaign rally in Ashburn, Virginia, on Tuesday Trump said he received a Purple Heart medal from a retired lieutenant colonel and supporter.
“I said to him, ‘Is that like the real one, or is that a copy?” the Republican nominee said, noting the veteran’s expressed support of his candidacy. “And I said, ‘Man, that’s like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart,” Trump said. “This was much easier.”
The representative’s rebuke serves as an encore to her Democratic National Convention address, where she ripped Trump for his ties to Russia, calling him unprepared for the presidency.
“I didn’t put my life on the line to defend our democracy so you could invite Russia to interfere with it. You are not fit to be the commander in chief,” she said during her prime-time address.
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