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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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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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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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.”

Background:

Mark Kirk

Bad For The Environment

KIRK AGREED THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND CAUSE BY HUMAN ACTIVITY

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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??For Mardi Gras, AB21 Presents the Krewe of Fat Cats? ?

Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday“, is a time of excess, revelry, and celebration. These GOP Senators are backing special interests all year long, but today AB21 wanted to make sure they got the proper roll out on their Krewe of Fat Cats. The Senate GOP “throws” include votes to fill the pockets of Wall Street, chaos in financial markets, and knocking down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

While the middle-class suffers, expect a full on second line from these Senate GOPers as they celebrate with Wall Street campaign cash and the Koch brothers:  Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, Joe Heck, Mark Kirk, Richard Burr, Roy Blunt, and John Boozman.

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte has received nearly $1 million from the securities and investment industry. Ayotte has also received more than $1 million in support from the Koch group Americans for Prosperity. In 2015, Ayotte voted against an amendment that would have helped protect consumers from […]

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GOP Field & Congress: We Don’t Medicare About Your Earned Benefits

You can count on the GOP field and Republicans in Congress to deny climate change, promote massive tax cuts for the wealthy few, and be too scared of the party base to meaningfully denounce Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric.

So, too, can you be sure that they’re determined to threaten American seniors and future retirees’ earned benefits by limiting eligibility for Social Security and Medicare, and shifting the programs toward private accounts. Gutting Social Security and Medicare was one of the original items on Charles and David Kochs’ political agenda — and it’s a cause that the GOP field and their congressional allies have eagerly taken up as their own.

Here’s where the GOP field and their congressional buddies stand on attacking earned benefits:

If you’d like to see fundamental changes to earned benefits that restrict eligibility, then Ted Cruz is your candidate. Cruz would raise Social Security and Medicare’s eligibility ages. He’d move Medicare to […]

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GOP Field & Republican Congress: A Pay Raise? Don’t Count On It.

The breadth of the Republican field and their GOP pals in Congress don’t have much respect for America’s working families. They think a $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage — amounting to $15,000 a year — is just right. Of course, some of them don’t even think there should be a federal minimum wage at all:

Ted Cruz has twice voted against raising the minimum wage. Inexplicably, Cruz has gone so far as to claim that increasing the minimum wage would actually be detrimental to workers, saying, “I think [a wage hike] hurts the most vulnerable.”

Marco Rubio’s admitted that “you can’t live on $11 an hour,” but that didn’t stop him from opposing raising it to $9 an hour, nor from voting against increasing it to $10.10. Don’t hold your breath for Rubio to take a stand in favor of raising it, because he still doesn’t think it should be increased.

Jeb Bush opposed […]

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Kirk Campaign Fights To Suppress Senator’s Alleged Abuse Of Staff Members

Vulnerable Senator Mark Kirk has been making a lot of news over the last week — though not for reasons he’d like.

Kirk allegedly bullied staff members, subjecting them to both physical and verbal abuse — or so reports a thus-far-unpublished Tribune investigation, according to the Associated Press.

Predictably unhappy about the story, Kirk’s campaign launched an “unusual” counter-attack — threatening “legal action” against the Tribune in an attempt to suppress the report, the AP reported.

But the Kirk campaign’s effort backfired: The threatened lawsuit became public, and Mark Kirk is now publicly defending himself over the alleged bullying.

Here’re some coverage highlights:

Associated Press: Kirk campaign launches unusual attack on Chicago Tribune

Huffington Post: Senator Mark Kirk’s Campaign Pre-Emptively Bashes Chicago Tribune Ahead Of Negative Story

Sun Times: Mark Kirk’s office launches preemptive strike against reporter

Politico: Kirk camp goes on offense against upcoming Chicago Tribune story
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