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Katie Halper

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Joe Walsh Didn't Always Think Veterans Should Shut up About Their Service

Tea Partier and deadbeat dad Joe Walsh, who fought against paying over $100,000 in child support to his family, loves to attack Tammy Duckworth, who fought and sacrificed an arm and two legs for her country. This time Walsh is going after Duckworth for not shutting up about her service. This is pretty ironic, given that Walsh suffers from one of the worst cases of verbal diarrhea recorded in history. (He yelled at his constituents in a coffee shop, told the president to stop lying, said the president was elected only because he was African-American, mocked Duckworth’s service on multiple occasions.) And as recently as yesterday, Walsh doubled down on his criticism on Duckworth, saying, “I do believe she talks about her service too much. And as a voter in this district, I would want to know where she stands on issues.”

Not having served himself, Joe wouldn’t know what it’s like to talk about service. So, Walsh contrasts Duckworth to John McCain, whose supposed stoicism, Walsh claims, is typical of true heroes. The implication is that Tammy “Blabber Mouth” Duckworth, on the other hand, is not a true hero. Walsh even suggests that McCain was so reluctant to talk about his military past, only physical abuse from his advisers got him to do so. Paul Waldman at The American Prospect disproves “the myth that won’t die” of McCain’s silence, pointing to several examples of McCain referring to his service.

Here, the point isn’t McCain’s focus on his military history; the point is that, as usual, Joe Walsh is making claims not supported by the facts in order to attack and distort his opponent’s heroism and sacrifice.

Above is a video I made that also contrasts Joe’s lies with the truth. This isn’t the first time Walsh’s reprehensible behavior inspired me to make a video. Who knows what he’ll come up with next. Look forward to more outrageous Walshisms from Joe, and videos from me.

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