Sen. Mark Kirk apologizes after racist remark against Rep. Tammy Duckworth

Representative Tammy Duckworth.
Representative Tammy Duckworth

Senator Mark Kirk apologized Friday after he made a racist remark against Representative Tammy Duckworth at a televised debate on Thursday.

In the exchange, Duckworth answered a question by highlighting her and her family’s history of commitment to military service, including ancestors who had served during the American Revolutionary War. Kirk responded with the derisive and racially charged quip: “I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington.”

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