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Allen West questions the American loyalty of Iraq war vet Rep. Tammy Duckworth

Former Republican congressman and Fox News contributor Allen West appeared on a radio show this week and questioned the loyalty of current Democrat congresswoman and Purple Heart recipient, Tammy Duckworth.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth arrives at the MedStar NRH Victory Awards at Omni Shoreham Hotel
Photo by Leigh Vogel

Earlier this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali) selected the five Democrats who will be on the panel of the committee to investigate the September 12, 2012 attacks in Benghazi. During an interview with the conservative "The Janet Mefferd Show," former congressman Allen West stated that he didn't know where Duckworth stood when it comes to loyalty to America and its veterans.

"I just don't know where her loyalties lie. You know, for her to have been a veteran, a wounded warrior for the United States Army, she should know that this is not the right thing. And hopefully, you know, she will remember the oath of office that she took as an Army officer and not the allegiance I guess she believes she has to the liberal progressives of the Democrat Party."

Rep. Tammy Duckworth won her seat to represent Illinois 8th district during the 2012 election. Prior to holding office, Duckworth was one of the first women to fly in combat missions during the Iraq war. On November 12, 2004, helicopter was hit by an RPG, exploded, resulting in the loss of both of her legs and part of her right arm. Duckworth received a Purple Heart for her efforts and has gone on to become a major voice for veterans rights.

Allen West, himself a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, represented Florida's 22nd congressional district in the House from 2011 to 2013. For West to question the loyalty of a fellow veteran who literally put her life on the line, is just uncalled for. West is known for speaking his mind, even when his opinion is borderline questionable, but this might be a bridge too far.

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