Republican Congressman Doug Collins accused his Democratic colleagues of being “in love with terrorists” and said they “mourn [Iranian General Qassem] Soleimani more than they mourn… Gold Star families who suffered under Soleimani.”
The vocal Trump supporter’s comments were made during an interview with Fox News and came after Democrats criticized Trump’s decision to kill the notorious terrorist.
“I didn’t think she could become more hypocritical than she was during impeachment, but guess what, surprise surprise, Nancy Pelosi does it again, and her Democrats fall right in line,” Collins said to Fox Business’s Lou Dobbs on Wednesday night, per the Washington Examiner. “One, they’re in love with terrorists, we see that, they mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our Gold Star families who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani. That’s a problem.”
"They're in love with terrorists…
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 9, 2020
The Washington Examiner adds:
Tensions between the United States and Iran escalated and deescalated over the last week or so. Trump’s order to kill Soleimani last Thursday was in response to the death of an American contractor and the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last month. Iran retaliated by attacking two U.S.-Iraqi air bases with more than a dozen ballistic missiles but caused no casualties.
Trump announced that the U.S. would not be militarily responding to Iran’s missile fire. Instead, during the president’s Wednesday morning address, he lobbied for the U.S. to make “a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place.”
Collins’ comments echo those of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who told Fox News earlier this week that the only people against Soleimani’s death were Democrats.
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“You don’t see anyone standing up for Iran. You’re not hearing any of the Gulf members. You’re not hearing China. You’re not hearing Russia. The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and our Democrat presidential candidates,” Haley said during the interview, as the Hill reports.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she was “a little tired of this hero worship of whoever the president has taken out,” during a separate Fox News interview this week.
Some people online who responded to Collins’ comment are urging voters to have him removed.
The Hill reports Comedian Judd Apatow called for Georgia voters to “register to vote Collins out.”
“REGISTER TO VOTE DOUG COLLINS OUT,” Apatow said in a tweet, in all caps.
REGISTER TO VOTE DOUG COLLINS OUT https://t.co/JVjwNwRulD
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 9, 2020