GOP Sen. Engages in Shocking, False Attack on Opponent’s Ancestry in Debate

Republican Senator Mark Kirk is in a pretty tight reelection race, and a shocking remark he made about his opponent tonight may not help him out that much.

Kirk faced off with his opponent, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (an Iraq war veteran and double amputee), during a debate tonight. Duckworth invoked her family history

“My family has served this nation in uniform going back to the Revolution. I’m 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.”

Once she finished her answer, Kirk responded, “I forgot that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington.”

For the record, Duckworth’s mother is a Thai immigrant and her late father served in the U.S. Marine Corps and he’s the one with ancestry going back to the Revolution.

Or, as Duckworth put it:

You can watch the clip above.

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