Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq veteran, does not disguise her disdain for President Trump when it comes to military matters. She now has spoken out against the President's plan for a military parade with what he hopes will be lots of soldiers marching, tanks rolling, and planes flying overhead.
Sen. Duckworth, a retired lieutenant colonel who lost her legs when her helicopter was shot down, said troops should not be ordered “to participate in some sort of a show and parade for his ego.”
“It’s a monumental waste of taxpayer resources,” Duckworth told Chicago Sun Times columnist Lynn Sweet. It would cost millions to ship hardware, and troops, to Washington, according to multiple reports.
Trump was apparently moved by his experience watching a Bastille Day parade in France in July.
During a UN meeting sideline in September, Trump told reporters: “It was a tremendous day, and to a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue.
“We’re going to have to try to top it, but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a beautiful thing to see, and representatives from different wars and different uniforms.”
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” a military official told the Washington Post. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.” Both the Pentagon and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the plans.
Duckworth is not impressed with the man she has called a “a five-deferment draft dodger.”
As for the parade, the Democratic senator told the Sun Times: “Why would we do this when we’re still at war? We have young men and women in harm’s way right now.
“And he wants to hold a parade? For what? . . . Let’s take that money and spend it on our troops or their families.”
Duckworth has nicknamed Trump “Cadet Bone Spurs” in reference to the minor medical diagnosis that kept Trump, and many other young men from privileged backgrounds, from serving in the Vietnam War. She brought out the nickname again after Trump described Democrats as “treasonous” for not applauding during the State of the Union.
Duckworth tweeted she will not “mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap.”
We don't live in a dictatorship or a monarchy. I swore an oath—in the military and in the Senate—to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not to mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap https://t.co/99gW1yalDl
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) February 6, 2018
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has also blasted Trump for allegedly using bone spurs to dodge the draft.