A New Low for Leah Vukmir?
GOP candidate for Senate smears Sen.Baldwin, branding her a “terrorist.”
Those following the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin know that the news for the past week has primarily centered on Republican candidate Kevin Nicholson, who made headlines after he questioned the “cognitive thought process” of military veterans who vote for Democrats.
Those comments were considered tasteless, and led to many lawmakers — some of them vets themselves — to demand Nicholson apologize for them.
Apparently not wanting to be outdone by Nicholson, another Republican candidate, running against him in the party’s primary election made comments that are even more disgusting. State Sen. Leah Vukmir attacked current incumbent U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday, essentially labeling her as a terrorist while doing so.
Seriously. Read on.
Vukmir took issue with Baldwin’s planned vote against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. Haspel was part of an illegal torture program under George W. Bush in the early 2000s, for which many lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans — are wary of voting to confirm her over.
Yet for Vukmir, the planned oppositional vote by Baldwin proved she was inept to represent Wisconsin.
“Senator Baldwin would rather give the man behind the 9/11 attacks and other terrorists hugs and safe spaces than take adequate action to protect America and confirm Gina Haspel quickly,” she wrote in a social media post on Wednesday afternoon. She further juxtaposed her own image alongside Haspel — and Baldwin’s image next to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s, the man who planned out the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Vukmir’s image team also labeled Baldwin as part of “Team Terrorists.”
Senator Baldwin would rather give the man behind the 9/11 attacks and other terrorists hugs and safe spaces than take adequate action to protect America and confirm Gina Haspel quickly. Unacceptable. #wisen https://t.co/njYuI94GHA pic.twitter.com/sCTCDpIvZs
— Senator Leah Vukmir (@LeahVukmir) May 9, 2018
In no uncertain terms, Vukmir isn’t just saying Baldwin’s vote is misguided — she is labeling the Democrat a terrorist. That is completely wrong, and a disgusting road to take in this Senate campaign.
Vukmir, who is adamantly pro-life, should also oppose Haspel, were she consistent in her views. The current nominee to lead the CIA oversaw a torture program that included one instance in which a pregnant detainee was put through rigorous interrogation methods, including being punched in her stomach near where her fetus was.
Is McCain, a Navy veteran who fought in the Vietnam War and a former victim of torture himself, a part of “Team Terrorists?” Of course not. But using Vukmir’s logic, anyone who votes against Haspel is.
That is utterly wrong, in extremely poor taste, and offensive. Vukmir ought to feel ashamed of her statements, as well as remorse for labeling Baldwin and anyone else opposed to Haspel’s nomination as sympathetic to terrorists.
In the fight against terrorism, there are difficult choices that must be made from time-to-time. But using interrogation tactics that have been proven to be faulty is no way to move forward — and advancing a woman who oversaw those tactics, and what’s more feels no guilt or regret for having done so, is dangerous ground to tread on.
Vukmir has proven herself unfit to represent our state. Her candidacy should be rejected by Wisconsin voters. And she should apologize to Baldwin, and Wisconsin, for her tasteless and immoral comments.