Tammy Duckworth rips transgender ban at DOD Pride event

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Published on June 12, 2019 - Duration: 01:00s

Tammy Duckworth rips transgender ban at DOD Pride event

Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who lost both legs in combat during the Iraq war, slammed the U.S. military's ban on transgender troops at a Pride event at the Pentagon saying she didn't care if those risking their lives to save her were transgender.

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Tammy Duckworth rips transgender ban at DOD Pride event

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who lost both legs in combat during the Iraq war, slammed the U.S. military's ban on transgender troops while speaking at a Pride event at the Pentagon saying she didn't care if those risking their lives to save her were transgender.

"This ban wreaks the same kind of bigotry that once led our units to be segregated by skin color," Duckworth said.

"I didn't care if the guys risking their lives to save me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white, male or female.

All that mattered was the American flag on that shoulder and that they didn't leave me behind."

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