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Fri Oct 28, 2016, 04:05 PM

GOP Senator Makes Distasteful Remark About His War-Hero Opponent’s Ancestry

So here's the quote from the HuffPo article:

Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk made an ill-advised jab about the birthplace and ancestry of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, during a debate on Thursday. Duckworth, who is challenging Kirk for his seat, had just finished talking about her military service and that of her ancestors, dating back to the Revolutionary War.

“I forgot that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington,” Kirk said in the debate at the University of Illinois Springfield. It was an odd comment from a senator who has a reputation for making odd comments, but particularly impolitic given his opponent’s backstory. Duckworth was born in Thailand to an U.S. Marine father and a Thai mother of Chinese descent.


Makes me feel like giving some money to Duckworth's campaign.

Sigh...

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mark-kirk-tammy-duckworth_us_5812b694e4b0390e69cf47d0


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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Fri Oct 28, 2016, 05:11 PM

1. Don't think she needs help, but maybe she would like some democratic playmates in the senate

like Patrick Murphy in Florida or Ann Kirkpatrick in AZ etc.
Send them a little love on Duckworth's behalf.

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Fri Oct 28, 2016, 05:35 PM

2. President Obama has at least 12 ancestors who served in Revolutionary War

Of course, he does not have the personal military service tradition of Duckworth and her father.

But Duckworth being member of DAR but slurred by Repub for her Asian heritage, reminds me how even though Pres. Obama has deep ancestral roots back to founding of America and is distant cousin to many previous Presidents, Repubs label him as "other"' and not truly American.

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