Sen. Tammy Duckworth Claims Trump Focused on ‘Dead Traitors’ During Mount Rushmore Speech

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is taking a swipe at President Donald Trump for spending too much time on what she believes was the wrong topic during his speech at South Dakota’s 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration on Friday.

CNN’s Dana Bash, replayed a clip of Trump discussing the importance of preserving the nation’s historical monuments and asked Duckworth for her opinion on whether statues of those including George Washington should come down.

Duckworth argued he should be more focused on other issues at hand.

“His priorities are all wrong here. He should be talking about what we’re going to do to overcome this pandemic. What are we going to do to push Russia back,” Duckworth said.

She added, “And instead he had no time for that. He spent all his time talking about dead traitors.”

Check out her comments below:

Protesters have called for the removal of monuments and statues across the nation amid efforts to end racial injustice and police brutality.

Trump issued an executive order on June 26 providing protection to American monuments, memorials, and statues.

During his speech, Trump also vowed to protect Mount Rushmore, as IJR previously reported.

He said it “will never be desecrated.”

Bash went on to press Duckworth on whether she believes the statue of George Washington should be taken down.

Duckworth explained she believes those pushing for that should be heard, but reiterated Trump should be focusing on the issue that is really plaguing the nation.

“I’m more worried about the 130,000 who have lost their lives recently and the thousands and thousands more Americans who are currently sick than I am about our historical past,” Duckworth said.

She added, “We need to talk about what we’re doing now to bring this country off of the brink of chaos that it’s in.”


  1. trumpuke is the epitome of the grotesquely insecure,

    inferior to everyone, ludicrously labeled, Caucasian supremacist

    assholes who are worth less than shit.

    They are unceasing betrayers of and insults to America

    and the Caucasian race.

  2. Spoken like a truly spineless cretin, SENATOR Duckworth. Besides continuing to quixotically perpetuate the Russian delusion, what exactly are you doing to fight the pandemic?

    I notice neither your nor Ms. Bash are wearing masks. Wouldn’t that be the least of the symbolic gestures you might make, even if operating remotely? Especially since you are seated in front of the Capitol.

  3. Phyllis: this is what we get with corrupt, dogmatic, and partisan politics.

    We MUST elect better politicians.


    And Matt Gaetz is a tool.

  4. I did not see the Sen Duckworth interview, BUT the BEST QUESTION OF THE DAY on the Sunday shows does go to Dana Bash. She reminded Sen Joni Ernest of her criticism of Obama in 2014 handling of Ebola. Sen Ernst had claimed “failed leadership” when 2 people died of Ebola in the U.S. To no one in the country’s surprise, NO, Sen. Ernest did not think it was failed leadership for a death toll of nearly 130,000 from COVID-19. WHO does not love to watch the hypocrisy.

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