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Stefani Reynolds / Getty ImagesU.S. Rep. Brian Mast, the Florida Republican who lost his legs in an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, gives members of the National Guard a tour of the Capitol on Wednesday. On the same day, CNN's Jake Tapper questioned Mast's commitment to democracy in the United States because of Mast's objections to the 2020 presidential election.(Stefani Reynolds / Getty Images)
Now in his second term in Congress, he’s given more in public service than most Americans ever will.
The Florida Republican, who lost his legs to an improvised explosive device while serving with the Army in Afghanistan in 2010, was responding to a snide aside Tapper delivered Wednesday night during a panel discussion about last week’s violent incursion by supporters of President Donald Trump at the Capitol.
CNN host Dana Bash noted that video showed some of those involved in the incursion had said Trump told his followers to go to the Capitol — as though that were proof that Trump was responsible for what followed.
Tapper picked up on that and — with the offensive smugness affected superiority of a liberal late-night comedian playing to an ignorant audience — proceeded to call into question the values of a double-amputee who nearly died in military service to his country.
I lost two legs for @jaketapper‘s right to say whatever the hell he wants, but that free speech also protects the Republicans he is so eager to condemn for asking Constitutional questions about the election. https://t.co/ViNrwz9cbU
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) January 13, 2021
You’re a hero for your service and I’m grateful, as I’ve said before. And yes i question the commitment to democracy of anyone who spread election lies, signed onto that deranged TX AG lawsuit, and voted to commit sedition. You were not just asking questions.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 14, 2021
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