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Senator Mark Kirk Mocks Tammy Duckworth's Mixed-Race Background During Debate

Rep. Tammy Duckworth is challenging Sen. Mark Kirk for his U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, and the incumbent unleashed an incredible comment about her mixed-race heritage during tonight’s debate in Springfield.

Duckworth, a U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs in the Iraq war, was born to a U.S. Marine father and a Thai-Chinese mother. Her father’s family has been in the U.S. since before it was a country; she is a member of the D.A.R. Her opponent, Senator Kirk, responded to her citing this background as evidence of her reasoned decision-making on issues of defense by scoffing at how her Thai ancestors could have fought alongside George Washington.

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Mark Kirk, we’ll remind you, has been busted multiple times for claiming military honors he did not earn or receive.

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