Top Republican and Trump Ally Apologizes for Saying Democrats Are 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,' Doug Collins wrote on Twitter

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., attends a House Rules Committee hearing on the impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 17, 2019
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Republican Congressman and close Trump-ally  Doug Collins apologized on Friday for accusing Democrats of being “in love with terrorists.” The George Congressman made the comment during a segment with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business Channel in the wake of the Trump administration’s targeting killing of Iranian General Quassem Soleimani. 

“Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week,” Collins, who is the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, wrote on Twitter.

Collins said on Wednesday, “They’re in love with terrorists. We see that. They mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our gold star families who have suffered under Soleimani.”

Collins was echoing a Tuesday interview by former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley on the same network: "The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and our Democrat presidential candidates."

Collins’ apology came in five seperate tweets, which also cited his time in the military serving in Iraq. He wrote, “As someone who served in Iraq in 2008, I witnessed firsthand the brutal death of countless soldiers who were torn to shreds by this vicious terrorist. Soleimani was nothing less than an evil mastermind who viciously killed and wounded thousands of Americans.”

Democratic Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, a former Army lieutenant colonel who lost both her legs in Iraq, slammed Collins on Thursday for the comment. “I'm not going to dignify that with a response. I left parts of my body in Iraq fighting terrorists. I don't need to justify myself to anyone,” Duckworth said on “CNN Right Now.”