Is Killing, Cheating Duncan Hunter the Worst Person in Congress?

Decades if not centuries of political strategy would lead you to believe that avoiding controversy is the best way to stay in power, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. As Donald Trump never seems to face any lasting consequences for his repeated character failings and scandals, others in D.C. have been emboldened to embrace their dark side in the belief that it will appeal to their base.

The member of Congress who seems to have taken this “strategy” the furthest is Representative Duncan Hunter. This past week, the Republican defended Eddie Gallagher, a former Navy SEAL, accused of war crimes by admitting to some of his own.

On a podcast, Hunter spoke of his military service in Iraq and seemed nonplussed about bystander casualties. “I was an artillery officer, and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians,” he said. “Probably killed women and children, if there were any left in the city when we invaded. So do I get judged too?”

The answer is yes, but he already knows he’s inviting that judgment. It’s not usually considered a war crime if civilians are killed accidentally and not the target of attacks, but there’s also an imperative to try to avoid killing civilians, so the fact that he could carelessly “probably” kill countless women and children and see no problem with that outcome screams of psychopathy.

To illustrate that point, Hunter defended Gallagher, who allegedly very deliberately committed his war crimes, saying, “I frankly don’t care… even if everything that the prosecutors say is true in this case, then, you know, Eddie Gallagher should still be given a break.”

In a separate interview around the same time, Hunter copped to posing for photos with dead Iraqi combatants, something members of the U.S. military have been punished for in the past. Hunter also thought it a good idea to give veterans a month of amnesty after coming back home since transitioning to civilian life is so difficult and you can’t expect soldiers not to commit crimes!

The message is clear: why is anyone giving a second thought to murdered Iraqi civilians and teenagers? White people should be able to go over there and kill with impunity – and pose with them like trophy hunters!

Voters should have seen the writing on the wall last year when Hunter accused his Democratic rival Ammar Campa-Najjar of being a Muslim trying to “infiltrate Congress.” Never mind that Campa-Najjar was raised by a single mother who is Christian and of Mexican heritage – there’s nothing like Islamophobia to distract voters of your own shortcomings!

Hunter’s shortcomings were many, even back then. He’s vaped more than once on the floor of Congress to endorse e-cigarettes, an industry responsible for big donations to his campaign.

Oh, and speaking of that campaign money, last year Hunter and his wife were indicted for illegally using over $200,000 in campaign money to cover personal expenses (as well as falsifying records and wire fraud.) Voters in his conservative district knew that their legislator had scammed them, but what else were they going to do – vote for someone else who might be a secret Muslim?

So Hunter remains in office, despite or perhaps because of his outrageous behavior. The idea that someone can so deliberately be crooked, divisive and undignified in order to maintain his spot in office suggests that the whole political system is severely out of whack.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

46 comments

Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson9 days ago

He should go down for his war crimes but finding him guilty of his money corruption would be fair, too.

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Joan E
Joan E10 days ago

He is horrible, but he has plenty of horrible competition in this Congress.

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Leo C
Leo Custer12 days ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Freya H
Freya H14 days ago

Duncan Hunter should be in prison, not Congress. People like him are a drag on the USA and on the Republicans.

Somehow, no surprise Rhoberta E and Brian F are using the comments section for one of their verbal duels.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E16 days ago

brian f
One of your more juvenile posts. Who did I "plagiarize" ?
Sorry, pam w for feeding the troll :-(

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Brian F
Brian F16 days ago

Rhoberta E Maybe you should learn the meaning of plagiarism that you do by copying your "buddies" post.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E16 days ago

brianf
Maybe you should ask your "buddies" to send me a post and we could have a discussion about all your plagiarized statements
They seem to be more intelligent than you too !!

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Shirley S
Shirley S16 days ago

Logically sane people who have been involved in war killing would be regretful.

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Brian F
Brian F16 days ago

Rhoberta E Well most progressives including Cornell West, Chris Hedges, and Noam Chomsky disagree with you and agree with me. These people are more inteligent than you.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E16 days ago

brian f
We don't need to do ANYTHING you tell us to do because unlike YOU we are able to THINK for ourselves and come to our OWN conclusions. WE are not programed like you are as a one trick pony (sorry ponies everywhere)

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