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Watch GOP Senator Mark Kirk Descend Into The Worst Debate Moment In History

In a stunning moment during a Thursday night debate in Illinois, Sen. Mark Kirk (R) descended into a bizarre and offensive quip when he decided to question his opponent’s American heritage rather than respond to a question about war. It quickly backfired.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), seeking to unseat GOP Sen. Mark Kirk in Illinois, invoked her family’s military service while answering a debate question.

“My family has served this nation in uniform going back to the Revolution,” Duckworth said. “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, this is what you’re asking us to do. . . . Families like mine are the ones that bleed first.”

Kirk was offered a chance to rebut. Instead, he opted for a one-line response: “I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington.”

Screenshot | Youtube

Screenshot | Youtube

Democrats immediately slammed Kirk for the attack. A spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee called the remark “offensive, wrong, and racist.”

“A struggling political campaign is no excuse for baseless and despicable attacks, and Senator Kirk owes Congresswoman Duckworth and her family an apology,” said the spokeswoman, Lara Sisselman.

Duckworth’s mother, Lamai, is Thai, but her late father, Franklin, was a Marine veteran whose family roots in this country trace to before the American Revolution. Tammy Duckworth was severely wounded in the Iraq War, losing her legs while serving as a helicopter pilot.

Democrats immediately slammed Kirk for the attack. A spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee called the remark “offensive, wrong, and racist.”

“A struggling political campaign is no excuse for baseless and despicable attacks, and Senator Kirk owes Congresswoman Duckworth and her family an apology, and Senator Kirk owes Congresswoman Duckworth and her family an apology,” said the spokeswoman, Lara Sisselman.

Watch the stunning moment in the video below:

Goodbye, Mark Kirk. Your career is over.


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