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Duckworth on Trump’s Vietnam comments: Only ‘stable geniuses’ think people are ‘fans’ of war

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) slammed President Trump’s comments on not serving in the Vietnam War on Wednesday, saying that only “stable geniuses” think people are “fans” of war.

“#CadetBoneSpurs: no one cares whether you were a ‘fan’ of the Vietnam War,” Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, tweeted in response to Trump’s interview with Piers Morgan.

{mosads}”No one believes you were medically unfit to serve. You used your wealth & privilege to avoid serving your country five times, forcing another American to serve in your place each time,” she continued.

“Sane people aren’t ‘fans’ of war—only #StableGeniuses would even think that. I’ve met many #WWII #DDay Vets. None ever said they were fans of war. They simply answered their nation’s call, regardless of what they thought. Especially during the draft—it wasn’t optional for them,” she added.

Duckworth lost both her legs when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq.

“These comments only make one thing clear: @realDonaldTrump got his deferments for the wrong thing. They shouldn’t have been for his disappearing, imaginary bone spurs—they should have been for that yellow streak down his back. At least that would have been a real condition,” Duckworth concluded.

Trump said in the interview broadcast Wednesday that he was “never a fan” of the Vietnam War but that he would not have minded serving in the conflict. He received medical deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War because of bone spurs in his feet, which has lead to some criticism and mockery.

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