Surprise! Mark Kirk Is Still Saying Racist Things.

I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington,” Senator Mark Kirk sneeringly commented after Rep. Tammy Duckworth recounted her family’s long history of military service at last night’s Illinois Senate debate.

It was shocking, but unsurprising. Mark Kirk has been saying racist and offensive things for years, so it’s no wonder Kirk for months stood by Donald Trump’s own racism. Kirk could no doubt empathize with the backlash Trump has deservedly faced for his offensive rhetoric and policy ideas. Over the years, Kirk has:

Commented “we drive faster” when going through black communities;
Said President Obama was “acting like the drug dealer in chief“; 
Proposed shipping condoms to Mexico in hopes of achieving “a slower rate of growth [which] would also reduce the long-term illegal immigration on America’s borders“;
Claimed a letter sent toe […]

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Vulnerable GOP Senators Wake Up To Trump Nightmare

As Donald Trump continues his racist, xenophobic and shocking tirades on the campaign trail, Senate Republicans are starting to wake up to their impending November nightmare. Trump has made his fair share of shocking, insulting and offensive comments, but this week, his suggestion that President Obama is sympathetic to terrorists crystallized to Senate Republicans just how much trouble they’re in come November.

Instead of denouncing Trump after his latest round of offensive comments, GOP senators have taken to literally running away from reporters. Here’s a hint to Senate Republicans — you can refuse to say his name and run all you want, but your blind support of the GOP nominee will cost you at the ballot box in November.

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Politico: Hill Republicans Despondent Over Trump

Senate Republicans have tried to work with Donald Trump. They’ve offered gentle advice and firm guidance, hoping he’ll morph into […]

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Mark Kirk Enabled Trump’s Xenophobia, Misogyny, And Racism For 12 Months

Though Donald Trump will still be on top his ticket this fall, Senator Mark Kirk has reversed course on supporting Trump, saying he “cannot and will not support” Trump.

Life comes at you fast.

In May, Kirk called Trump “a net benefit” for his campaign. And until this afternoon, Kirk had repeatedly insisted he’d back Trump.

Now, after Trump’s racist attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Kirk says Trump lacks “the temperament” to be commander in chief. Kirk is absolutely right, but here’s what he didn’t find disqualifying:

Trump joking about having called women “fat pigs”
Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
Trump calling immigrants “rapists” who are “bringing drugs” and “crime”
Trump mocking a reporter with a disability
Trump insulting Sen. John McCain and American prisoners of war
Trump pledging to bring back waterboarding and “a hell of a lot […]

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Will Senator Ron Johnson Join Paul Ryan In Calling Out Trump’s Racism?

Similar releases were sent on Senators Ayotte, Blunt, Burr, Kirk, McCain, Paul, Portman, Toomey, Congressman Heck, and senate candidates in Florida and Colorado.

Senator Ron Johnson has pledged his support to Trump in November, and so has House Speaker Paul Ryan. This morning, Ryan called Donald Trump’s attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel the “textbook definition of racism.” Will Johnson join Ryan in calling out Trump’s racism?

“GOP leaders like Senator Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan have repeatedly refused to stand up to racism in their party. Donald Trump’s attacks against Judge Curiel are hardly the first time the presumptive nominee has made racist and offensive comments this election cycle,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Ryan and Sen. Johnson have cowardly stood by while extremists take over the Republican Party, and their condemnations of Trump are meaningless as long as they promise to cast their ballots for him in November.”

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Republicans Tear Into Donald Trump After Racist Attacks On Judge Curiel

GOP leaders in the media are up in arms after Donald Trump re-upped his attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, saying he could not preside over the Trump University case because of his Mexican Heritage. Governor John Kasich, Senator Jeff Flake and Erick Erickson joined a chorus of Republicans infuriated by Trump’s remarks.

Unfortunately for GOPers up for re-election in 2016, playing dumb is no excuse. Just as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski pointed out this morning — racist demagoguery is nothing new from Trump. And at the end of the day Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Senators Kelly Ayotte, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Mark Kirk, Ron Johnson, John McCain, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, and countless other Republicans will still cast their ballots for Trump.

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Hey, Senator Mark Kirk, it’s not that hard…

If the highest ranking elected Republican in the United States can do it, why can’t Senator Mark Kirk? Today, Speaker Paul Ryan rebuffed Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

“While it remains to be seen if the speaker will join the droves of #EventuallyTrump Republicans, Ryan made one thing clear: it’s not that hard to denounce Donald Trump,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Senator Mark Kirk should join Ryan in recognizing Trump for what he really is: a xenophobic bigot whose policies put our democracy — and the senator’s re-election — in jeopardy.”

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Mr. Trump Goes To Washington: Will Trump’s Senate Endorsers Meet With Him?

With presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump reportedly set to visit Capitol Hill as early as next week, will Trump-supporting Senators Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, Mark Kirk, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson, John McCain, and Chuck Grassley sit down with their party’s new de facto leader and formally endorse him?

Most of them have begrudgingly met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, who they’ve staunchly refused to give a fair hearing and vote — the least they can do is take a meeting with their party’s presumptive nominee.

Each of the senators have already said they will support Trump as the GOP nominee — a formal endorsement and party unity photo op is a no-brainer.

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Mark “Party Of Trump” Kirk Is Not A Moderate

Mark “Party Of Trump” Kirk Is Not A Moderate

With Trump all but clinching the GOP nomination after winning the Indiana primary, American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following  statement on Mark Kirk’s position in the #PartyOfTrump:

“Senator Mark Kirk’s own polling showed him down in a general election. Now, that Trump will be at the top of the ticket, I don’t imagine Kirk will want to release any more embarrassing poll numbers which will only get more embarrassing the closer we get to November. While Kirk, tries to distance himself from Trump, he can’t hide from the Tea Party wave that he’s represented since 2010. Kirk can paint himself as a moderate, but when it comes to protecting the environment, middle class families, or Planned Parenthood folks in Illinois know better.” 

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk was criticized for making “Trump-style remarks.”
He’s said he’ll support the GOP nominee.
In March, we highlighted the GOP Senate 2016ers support for Donald Trump. […]

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Mark Kirk’s No Moderate On Environment

On Earth Day, American Bridge is highlighting Senator Mark Kirk’s poor record on environmental issues.

“Senator Mark Kirk claims to be a moderate who cares about protecting the environment, but his record shows a commitment to big polluters,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Sen. Kirk voted to cut funding to the EPA, block the Clean Power Plan, and delay important health protections. Despite acknowledging the dangers of climate change, Sen. Kirk continues to put Illinois’s natural resources at risk.”


Mark Kirk

Bad For The Environment


January 2015: Kirk Voted To Agree That “Climate Change Is Real,” That It “Is Caused By Human Activities,” And That The U.S. Must Back Research And Development Of “Clean Fossil Fuel Technology.” In January 2015, Kirk voted for an amendment that, according to the Congressional Record, stated, “It is the sense of Congress that Congress is in agreement with the opinion of […]

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#EventuallyTrump Senator Mark Kirk Captains Vulnerable Republicans’ RNC Boycott

I’ve got to really do my hair that week…I’ll be back home in Illinois, talking to the people of Illinois.”

Count eventual Trump supporter Senator Mark Kirk as the latest vulnerable Republican to say he’ll skip the Republican National Convention in a futile and meaningless effort to distance himself from a chaotic and divisive convention and the GOP’s two likeliest nominees, misogynist xenophobes Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Kirk, for his part, has been insistent that he “certainly would” support Trump as the Republican nominee. Skipping the convention isn’t enough to mitigate that endorsement-waiting-to-happen.

Here’s who else plans to skip the convention, laughably hoping that geographic distance will be enough to disassociate themselves from Trump — despite the fact that they’ve had high praise for the front-runner and his divisive, hate-fueled candidacy:

Senator Chuck Grassley, whose transparent excuse is that he may not be able to find a hotel or motel […]

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