Dem senator who lost legs in Iraq mocks conservative blog for saying she ‘doesn’t have a leg to stand on’
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDuckworth celebrates Veterans Day with deported veterans in Mexico Senate Democrat introduces bill to protect military families from deportation Nuclear command nominee sidesteps questions on arms control treaties MORE (D-Ill.) blasted a conservative blog for saying she "doesn't have a leg to stand on," pointing out that she lost both her legs in combat.

An article by the conservative Red State blog said Duckworth “doesn’t have a leg to stand on” over her support of Miguel Perez Jr., the veteran convicted of a drug crime who was deported earlier this month.

Duckworth, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, lost both of her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade shot down the helicopter she was piloting over Iraq in 2004.


She corrected Red State Blog on Wednesday, telling them she has two legs that are “made of titanium” and “don’t buckle.”

Duckworth went on to shred the blog for going after Perez and his legal troubles after he served the U.S. country in Afghanistan. Perez was convicted of manufacturing and delivering more than two pounds of cocaine in 2010.

Perez said before his deportation that he is worried he won't have access to substance abuse and mental health counseling. He said his drug conviction, for cocaine possession, was the result of his post-traumatic stress disorder.

Duckworth said Red State Blog's criticism of Perez for his drug charge indicated a lack of support for the “complicated and often invisible wounds" of veterans.

“Many veterans who suffer from PTSD struggle with addiction and land in legal jeopardy,” Duckworth tweeted. “It’s easy to pay lip service to supporting our troops and veterans until they come home with complicated and often invisible wounds that they will carry for the rest of their lives.”

“You don’t truly support our Veterans if you’re not willing to acknowledge and support them through the ugly havoc war can wreak on their lives.”

Duckworth has been a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE and his approach to the military. 

"I don't think that he has the right to question other people's support for our military, especially those of us who have served," Duckworth said in January.

She refers to Trump as "Cadet Bone Spurs," a knock to his Vietnam deferment for bone spurs in his feet.