Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) learned a valuable lesson about attacking his opponent on Twitter this week.
After an uprising and filibuster in the U.S. Senate demanding a vote on the bill that would restrict people on the FBI's no-fly list from purchasing guns, Blunt grabbed a few random factoids to ramp up fears about Islamic terrorism. He accused his opponent, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, of refusing to acknowledge the right-wing catchphrase "radical Islamic terrorism."
Despite Ft. Hood, Boston & Orlando, @JasonKander won’t acknowledge the root of threats we face: radical Islam https://t.co/3RQu9TErRj #MOSEN— RoyBluntMO (@RoyBluntMO) 1466470919.0
The problem with Blunt's Twitter attack, however, is that Kandar is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Kander brilliantly laid the smack down in his Twitter response, shaming Blunt to think before he tweets.
I volunteered to serve in Afghanistan to fight radical Islamic terrorism. Think before you tweet. https://t.co/3vDe9SHL4K— Jason Kander (@Jason Kander) 1466474425.0
Blunt received three draft deferments for the Vietnam War as a college student in the late 1960s, according to the Kansas City Star. However, Blunt’s office didn't disclose the information until 2015.
“Anytime anybody ever asked me about that, I would have said I had student deferments and was then included in the first year of the lottery,” he said on a press call.