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Duckworth blasts Trump as 'coward in chief'

Duckworth blasts Trump as 'coward in chief'
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthSenate Democrats call on GAO to review child care access barriers for disabled parents, kids Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Lawmakers commemorate one-year anniversary of Arbery's killing MORE (D-Ill.) on Thursday night ripped President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE's handling of the U.S. military, nicknaming him the "coward in chief." 

Americans "have a coward in chief who won't stand up to Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinWest's 'wokeness' helped Russia to redefine a 'prisoner of conscience' For better or worse: Which way will US-Saudi relations go under Biden? How to rethink Russia sanctions MORE, read his daily intelligence briefings or even publicly admonish adversaries for reportedly putting bounties on our troops heads," Duckworth said during the virtual Democratic convention, referencing reports last month that Russia had paid Taliban-linked fighters to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan. 

Duckworth, a veteran who lost both legs in the Iraq war, contrasted Trump with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE, the party's presumptive nominee, saying Biden would "never let tyrants manipulate him like a puppet."

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"He would never pervert our military to stroke his own ego ... or threaten them against Americans peacefully exercising their constitutional rights," Duckworth added. 

In the midst of nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man killed when a white police officer kneeled on his neck, Trump floated sending active-duty troops into U.S. cities sparking fierce backlash from Democrats as well as some Republicans. 

"Unlike Trump, Joe Biden has common decency. ...Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to call himself commander-in-chief for another four minutes — let alone another four years," Duckworth added. 

Duckworth, who was under consideration to be Biden's vice presidential pick, has previously criticized Trump on military-related issues including calling him "Cadet Bone Spurs," in an apparent reference to his draft deferments.