Kinzinger calls Duckworth's answer on tearing down statues 'disgraceful'

Senator sidesteps question on removal of statues that honor George Washington

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger called out a fellow member of Congress from Illinois, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, for her answer to the question of tearing down monuments of America’s slave-owning founding fathers.

In an interview with Duckworth, D-Illinois, a CNN anchor highlighted President Donald Trump's criticism of those calling for statues of Confederate soldiers and slave owners to be taken down. The anchor then asked Duckworth if she agreed with calls to tear down statues of George Washington, who also owned enslaved people.

Duckworth sidestepped the question and instead criticized Trump for not focusing on other more pressing issues, such as the worsening COVID-19 pandemic or intelligence that Russia offered bounties for the deaths of American service members.

“We should start off by having a national dialogue about it at some point,” Duckworth said when asked if statues of George Washington should come down.

Kinzinger, R-Channahon, pounced on Duckworth's answer on his campaign Facebook page. He called Washington "arguably the most revered American in our history."

“Instead of saying ‘of course not’ like any rational person would, she refused to answer until she hears from ‘everyone,’” Kinzinger wrote.

The Congressman continued to slam Duckworth for her equivocation on the question.

“I’m not sure which is worse – that Tammy Duckworth might actually agree with tearing down George Washington or that she doesn’t have the guts to push back against the far left anarchist mobs seeking to take over the Democratic party and our country,” he wrote. “Either way: Disgraceful.”