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Apology Follows Comment That Democrats Love Terrorists

Doug Collins says he doesn't really believe that
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2020 2:52 PM CST
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Rep. Doug Collins does a TV interview outside the House chamber on Friday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – "Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week." What Rep. Doug Collins had said earlier was that Democrats are "in love with terrorists" and mourn the Iranian general killed by the US "more than they mourn our Gold Star families." On Friday, the Georgia Republican posted his apology on Twitter, the Hill reports. The reaction to his first comments had included Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat who's a veteran, saying: "I left parts of my body in Iraq fighting terrorists. I don’t need to justify myself to anyone."

Collins' tweet also said he's "committed to working with my colleagues in Congress and with my fellow citizens to keep all Americans safe." But his messages were a bit mixed, the Daily Beast points out. Earlier Friday on Fox News, Collins seemed to defend the comments he made Wednesday, criticizing Democrats for calling the killing of Qasem Soleimani an "assassination." Democrats' "actions are betraying them at this point," Collins said. Some posts on Twitter called for Collins to repeat his apology on Fox News, where he had made the accusations. (Read more Doug Collins stories.)

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