Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), an Iraq war veteran, on Friday called on Washington politicians to stop using terrorism metaphors during the current budget debate.
Speaking on the House floor, Wenstrup addressed both sides of the debate, but also focused on the White House's comments equating Republicans to someone "with a bomb strapped to their chest."
"I have heard references to being 'terrorists,' to 'jihad' and to having 'bombs strapped to our chests,'" Wenstrup said. "I spent one year, 2005-2006 -- perhaps the bloodiest time of the war -- as an Army combat surgeon in Iraq. In this chamber, I have seen no 'terrorists,' no 'jihad,' nor any 'bombs strapped to chests.' If you have been to war, you would not use such rhetoric here.”
Democratic Rep. George Miller (Calif.) on Thursday accused Republicans of waging a "jihad" against Obamacare.