11.07.2009

Chickenhawk Tancredo storms off set after Markos confronts him on veterans health care

"Tom, I'm a veteran. Okay? I did not get a deferment because I was too depressed to fight a war I supported in Vietnam. I'm a veteran. They want a more effective V.A. ..."
Markos Moulitsas
Just in case you missed it.... Markos confronted resident GOP racist & xenophobe extraordinaire, Tom Tancredo, on last night Ed Show, after Tommy acted as if he knew what veterans were thinking about health care reform.

Via Jed over at DKos:
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A few minutes ago on The Ed Show, Tom Tancredo tried to make the case against government health care by claiming that the Veterans Administration is unpopular with U.S. military veterans. The only problem for him was that he was up against Markos...who is one of those veterans, unlike Tancredo, a pro-Vietnam War chickenhawk who got a 1-Y deferment.

When Markos pointed out that Tancredo was (a) wrong about the Veterans Administration and (b) not qualified to speak for veterans, Tancredo exploded in anger, demanding an apology. Markos did not oblige, and Tancredo stormed off the set.

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Huntington Post points out in their piece about Tancredo walking off that as a Republican student activist, Tancredo spoke out in favor of the Vietnam War, but did not serve.

As a Republican student activist, Tancredo spoke out in favor of the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in June 1969, he became eligible to serve in Vietnam. Tancredo said he went for his physical, telling doctors he'd been treated for depression, and eventually got a "1-Y" deferment.
UPDATE I:

John Amato from Crooks & Liars made this observation:
Funny, too, how the most thin-skinned of the wingnuts are the same people most prone to making vicious, uncivil, frequently racist and xenophobic remarks. Tancredo, after all, is a guy who claimed the National Council of La Raza was just like the Ku Klux Klan, and called Sonia Sotomayor a racist, and told the people of Brownsville, Texas, that they should build the border fence on the northern side of their city.
It's already made it's way onto Wikipedia under "Political Future" (h/t DKos' phriendlyjaime):
On November 6, 2009, Tancredo appeared on MSNBC's The Ed Show in which he walked off the set during a debate about the quality of Veteran's Administration health services when he was criticized by Markos Moulitsas (The Daily Kos) for receiving a "1-Y" deferment from the military during the Vietnam War for depression while supporting the war.
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