* Tammy Duckworth has often said that her ancestors are soldiers going all the way back to the American Revolution. She said it again during the US Senate debate tonight and this is how Sen. Mark Kirk responded…
“I’d forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington.”
Senator Mark Kirk’s attack on Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s family tonight was offensive, wrong and racist. Senator Kirk has been caught lying about his military record over ten times, but he was quick to launch false attacks questioning Congresswoman Duckworth’s family’s long history of serving our country. A struggling political campaign is no excuse for baseless and despicable attacks, and Senator Kirk owes Congresswoman Duckworth and her family an apology.
…Adding… Transcript put into context, which really makes this so much worse…
…Adding More… From Eleni Demertzis, spokesperson for the Kirk campaign…
“Senator Kirk has consistently called Rep. Duckworth a war hero and honors her family’s service to this country. But that’s not what this debate was about. Rep. Duckworth lied about her legal troubles, was unable to defend her failures at the VA and then falsely attacked Senator Kirk over his record on supporting gay rights.”
Faux outrage? I’m a Son of the American Revolution, a GWOT vet, married to an immigrant. There is nothing fake about this outrage. This wasn’t even dog whistle politics. This was undisguised racism slung at a veteran who has given more to this country than you should be asked of any 10 Americans at the least. Tbere is nothing fake about this outrage.
I am really not that impressed with Duckworth the politician. But, she won my vote tonight. Kirk, that comment is indefensible and tells me that you are not worthy of being in the Senate. Character does matter.
The depth and breadth of the craziness this election season is staggering. I have very strong political beliefs, but I have come to respect more the people on the other side of the aisle this election who were descent people. Seems like there is a lack of that this season.
Truly reprehensible. And in the context of what she had just said about the service of her family, truly, mind-bogglingly idiotic. This is why his friends wanted him to retire with dignity instead of expose himself to the rigors of a campaign.
Honestly, between this, Trump, Rauner, and the GOP threatening to just let the Supreme Court seat go vacant if Hillary becomes president and to be equally as obstructionist, I don’t see how I can ever vote for a GOP candidate again. They just don’t seem to care about actually governin’ anymore…
And in my mind the “moderate” wing of the GOP is complicit in this unless they actually split with whatever vile cancer has grown in that party.
I think he at the very least lost the argument the stroke didn’t have an impact on his cognitive skills, and that is giving him the benefit of a lot of doubt….
Because why would a guy who in some ways is a really moderate Republican (heck my local GOP org passed a resolution censuring him for not being Republican enough) think saying this was in any way, shape or form a good idea.
–But that’s not what this debate was about. Rep. Duckworth lied about her legal troubles, was unable to defend her failures at the VA and then falsely attacked Senator Kirk over his record on supporting gay rights.”–
Plus, her parents didn’t engage Thai Mr. Peabody and his WABAC machine to serve with George Washington.
Did I say “Thailand?”
- Williamson County Resident - Friday, Oct 28, 16 @ 1:29 am:
I am now even more convinced that senator kirk’s stroke while leaving his intellect relatively intact somehow damaged his impulse control or some emotional structure that allows him to say things like that with no filter.
O poor Reince, another deplorable candidate his job forces him to support …
“I won’t comment on word selection.” –– Bruce Rauner on Kirk having called President Obama the nation’s “drug dealer in chief” while doubling down on his endorsement of Kirk in August. What say you now, Bruce? You can’t hide behind “staying out of the politics at the top of the ticket” on this one.
Call her Senator Duckworth. The Press doesn’t look so crazy in questioning Kirk’s capability to do the job now. Clearly he has lost something, if only the ability to filter his innermost beliefs. Time for him to exit gracefully… he’s done.
I know it’s uncool to offer it in this rabid anti-Tribune space, but perhaps, just maybe, the Trib was right after all. Could it be that this outburst is another illustration that Sen Kirk’s health makes it such that he is not up to all aspects of the job?
I have been in combat and have had the unfortunate experience of seeing helicopters shot down. To insult someone who has been through this is way beyond unacceptable–it is disgusting and an insult to all combat veterans. Someone in the Republican party needs to apologize for this clown. How could anyone say something like this?
Red Tower is spot on, he is proving his incapacity to serve credibly with this type of comment. It is a shame the GOP did not see this coming and a better alternative chosen. This could have been competitive. It still would have been difficult, but competitive. If this lack of recognition is an example of the leadership now at GOP then the Dems don’t have much to worry about going forward as Raunerites will continue to make these errors.
Another poorly made flippant reMark. I don’t think this comment is quite as bad as it’s being made out, but it ain’t good, that’s for sure. My great great grandfather fought in the Civil War, but I have a Native American ancestor. Guess that overrides the Civil War legacy. Yikes.
His comment was so awful that I found out about it shortly after it happened because coverage of it was being retweeted out with incredulity by multiple random people that I follow on twitter who have no ties to Illinois or Illinois politics.
I sincerely hope Senator Kirk gets better health wise, but man… That was bad.
This is a great example of why early and absentee voting (while convenient and sometimes necessary) is also something that can be very foolish. Campaigns and candidates’ messages do incubate even up to the last minute. Incapacitation, investigative disclosures or world events can dramatically change the trajectory or inherent merit of any candidate. Most important, even in this cynical day and age there is still a beauty about the rite of heading to the polls on election day– greeting your neighbors and fellow citizens– and safely and publicly performing an activity that many people in the world would give their eye teeth and have given their lives to be able to.
GOP-tell you what:
After you get your collective tails handed to you in a couple of weeks why don’t you do another autopsy, like the one the RNC performed in ‘12.
Figure out your need to expand beyond white people and make some token gestures to do so.
Then in 2020 run the same clowns for national office and Congress you did this year then wonder why you lost again.
Historians should be able to make quite a living writing about the death of the Republican party for years to come.
Being half Asian myself, and having been on the receiving end of comments like that, it stings even more hearing my US Senator say it. Ouch. And for anyone who thinks this is an example of overstated political correctness, live a day in my shoes…this is racism 101. I’d actually prefer overt name calling as opposed to this sort of ignorant sarcasm by a US Senator…
That clearly was a very stupid comment by Kirk. In this land of mutts, many of us have relatives that fought in any number of these United States’ wars, yet may also have had migrant relatives who came here to enjoy the freedoms that those who came before have secured.
And it is discounting all those migrants that secured citizenship by serving in our armed forces.
Clearly Kirk does not deserve to represent a state with as rich a heritage of military service and migration as Illinois.
The Fitzgerald comment was somewhat tongue in cheek (Wikipedia says he’s in Virginia), but it’d be nice to have a GOP candidate that doesn’t need the dogwhistles and/or misogyny, and isn’t some amateur hour billionaire.