The Illinois GOP referred to a new bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) as “new leg” in a tweet that was meant to tout Kirk’s bill and attack his Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth, who nearly lost her life serving in Iraq. On Twitter, the reaction was immediate, pointing out that Duckworth lost two limbs in combat.

The Illinois Republican Party on Monday tweeted its support for a new bill championed by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), saying it “proves he’s better” than his reelection challenger, Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

However, the tweet didn’t refer to the bill as, well, a “bill” or “legislation” or its abbreviation “leg.” Take a look:

While it’s unlikely that the staffer handling the Illinois GOP twitter account intentionally wrote “new leg” as a reference to Duckworth’s anatomy, a handful of Twitter users noticed the insensitivity:

Despite the backlash, the tweet is still live and Kirk’s official campaign account ‘liked’ it:


This isn’t the first time the GOP has been inconsiderate in its tweeting about Duckworth. Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee wrote in a tweet that Duckworth — despite her service in the military and as the Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2009 to 2011 — supposedly “has a sad record of not standing up for veterans.”

The NRSC received considerable backlash for the tweet and wound up deleting it.

Is this a pattern?

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)