Purple Heart Recipient Stands Up to Limbaugh's Vicious Attacks

This post, written by Amanda Terkel. originally appeared on Think Progress

In a new Vote Vets ad released today, Brian McGough, an Iraq war veteran who received the Purple Heart, challenges Rush Limbaugh: "Until you have the guts to call me a 'phony soldier' to my face, stop telling lies about my service."

In response, Limbaugh today attacked McGough, comparing him to a suicide bomber and suggesting that someone "pumped him full of these lies about what I said":
This is such a blatant use of a valiant combat veteran, lying to him about what I said and then strapping those lies to his belt, sending him out via the media and a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into.
This man will always be a hero to this country with everyone. Whoever pumped him full of these lies about what I said and embarrassed him with this ad has betrayed him, they aren't hurting me. They are betraying this soldier.
In McGough's case, Rush's comments are especially tactless. McGough's injury in Iraq "resulted from a real-life suicide bomber." On DailyKos, McGough responds to Limbaugh:
I can assure you that I am no suicide bomber and that I can think for myself. [...]
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