Republican Mark Kirk’s political career imploded tonight live on a debate stage in Illinois. RIP Mark Kirk’s political career. Thoughts and prayers.
In what may be the biggest foot in mouth moment of any political campaign since Todd ‘Legitimate Rape’ Akin’s self-immolation, Kirk, who is running to keep his U.S. Senate seat against the very popular Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D) to represent Illinois, decided to use the senate debate stage to go completely and profoundly racist.
It started when Duckworth told voters about her families long military tradition, one that dates back all the way to the Revolutionary War. Her point was a good one. Her family has sacrificed for the country for generations and far too many politicians flippantly go to war without thinking about who they will put in harms way.
“My family has served this nation in uniform going back to the revolution. I am a daughter of the American Revolution. I’ve bled for this nation. But I still want to be there in the Senate when the drums of war sound because people are quick to sound the drums of war and I want to be there to say this is what it costs and this is what you’re asking us to do. And if that’s the case, I’ll go. It’s families like mine that bleed first. But let’s make sure that the American people understand what we are engaging in and let’s hold our allies accountable because we can’t do it all.”
Kirk interjected by saying a line that will haunt him for the rest of his very short career.
“I had forgotten your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington.”
A problem: Duckworth’s family did fight in the Revolutionary War. Kirk assumed because she was of mixed heritage that they couldn’t have. Mark Kirk is not a smart man.
She's an active DAR member. And Sen. @MarkKirk–who lied about his own military record–is questioning her family's military service.
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) October 28, 2016
The stunned silence both from the moderator and from Sen. Duckworth kind of say it all.
So long, Mark Kirk. Have a good retirement!
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