Former rep. faces backlash for saying Biden 'doesn't deserve' Medal of Freedom

A former congressman from Kansas is facing backlash for criticizing Joe Biden's recent designation as a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree.

On January 12, Tim Huelskamp retweeted a CNN article about the vice president receiving the award and included the message, "For once, [Joe Biden] and I agree: he doesn't deserve this honor."

The reference alluded to a part of Biden's acceptance speech where he said, "Mr. President, this honor...isn't only well beyond what I deserve, but it's a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit. I don't deserve this, but I know it came from the president's heart."

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The reaction to Huelskamp's post was largely negative, with users calling him "petty" and "jealous."

Many also mocked his failed bid to get re-elected, with one person writing, "You got voted out by your own party in a primary. [Joe Biden] is leaving with honor and distinction."

However, the former lawmaker responded to his critics by tweeting, "The partisan haters came out attacking this one. For the record, here are 2 real heroes."

He included links to Medal of Freedom recipient Mother Teresa and Medal of Honor recipient Father Emil Kapaun.

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