By Clare Foran, CNN
Updated 2:33 PM ET, Fri January 10, 2020
Washington (CNN)The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee apologized Friday after he made an unfounded claim that accused Democrats of being “in love with terrorists.”
“Let me be clear, I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week,” Republican Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia tweeted.
Collins had made the incendiary remark in an interview with Fox News’ Lou Dobbs in response to a question about Democrats’ efforts to limit President Donald Trump’s war powers in the aftermath of a US airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.
During the interview, Collins went on to claim, also without evidence, that Democrats mourn Soleimani’s death more than they do fallen US service members. No congressional Democrat has mourned Soleimani, whom US officials have blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Americans.
Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who lost both of her legs serving in the Iraq War, ripped Collins over the comment.
“I’m not going to dignify that with a response,” she told Brianna Keilar on “CNN Right Now” Thursday. “I left parts of my body in Iraq fighting terrorists.”