Duckworth describes her astonishing life and the Capitol riots: ‘I knew I could take care of myself’

She may have been the most vulnerable member of Congress when the Capitol was stormed – the senator who had lost both legs in combat in Iraq – but what Tammy Duckworth felt on Jan. 6 wasn’t fear. It was rage.

“They were carrying the American flag to attack the U.S. Capitol,” the junior senator from Illinois told USA TODAY. “How dare they? You know, those are the colors I wore” on her Army National Guard uniform. Even as she turned her wheelchair around in an underground walkway and rushed to barricade herself in her office, she said she wasn’t afraid. “I knew I could take care of myself,” she said.

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