“Republican” Sen. Mark Kirk is at it again, saying it is his patriotic duty not to support the Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump, and to support Hillary Clinton instead. Kirk appeared on CNN earlier today with this bizarre comment:
“In the end we have to put patriotism over party to make sure that as a party we are backing the best person for the country and in the case of Donald Trump he doesn’t have the temperament to be a good commander-in-chief. In my 23 years experience in the Navy, I always put that characteristic at the topmost of my list.”
Topmost of his list, eh?
Was lying repeatedly about his military record also at the topmost of his list?
Here’s what I said in a recent column about Sen. Mark Kirk and his troubling history of lies and exaggerations:
Why would Donald Trump want the endorsement of an unpopular U.S. Senator who mischaracterized his military record?
In 2010, Kirk was forced to admit he had fabricated large portions of his military record, including a claim that under fire while flying aboard an intelligence reconnaissance plane in Iraq was not true.
On the U.S. House floor in October 2003, he said, “The last time I was in Iraq, I was in uniform flying at 20,000 feet and the Iraqi Air Defense network was shooting at us.”
However, there is no record of his aircraft being fired upon.
In a letter to constituents, he described himself as a veteran of Operation Desert Storm but he did not serve in that war.
Kirk’s staff also claimed he was the “only member of Congress to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom” after 9/11. However, Kirk never served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Kirk also made false claims about the Pentagon. “In my role in the military, I command the war room in the Pentagon,” said Kirk to a group of experts on U.S.-Chinese relations in May 2010.
It turned out that wasn’t true either.
The Pentagon has also confirmed that Kirk twice violated military policy by participating in political activities while on active duty in 2008 and 2009.
Kirk got himself in trouble again last year when he made an off-the-cuff remark about another #NeverTrumper Sen. Lindsay Graham.
Picked up by a live microphone, Kirk said of Graham, “He’s a bro with no ho. That’s what we’d say on the South Side.”
Why would Donald Trump want the endorsement of a U.S. senator who privately refers to women as “hos”?”
Even a top GOP donor in Illinois has called on Kirk to quit the race.
But Sen. Kirk still has a faint glimmer of hope.
His biggest supporter is also the nation’s sixth most unpopular governor – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner has said he is “disgusted” by Trump and won’t endorse the GOP nominee for President.
Of course, Illinois voters don’t seem to like Gov. Rauner very much either.
In the most recent survey of Illinois voters, just 33 percent of likely 2016 voters approve of Rauner’s job performance and 57 percent disapprove.
But Rauner isn’t your typical Republican.
As a major donor to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU’s Reproductive Rights Project, and the DNC, Rauner has a lot in common with his longtime friend and business partner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel — the record holder for the most unpopular mayor in Chicago history.
Under Rauner, the state’s record budget impasse, now in its 12th month, has saddled Illinois taxpayers with an additional $8 billion in debt and growing.
READ THE FULL COLUMN HERE: http://www.newsmax.com/WilliamKelly/kirk/2016/06/09/id/733145/#ixzz4GxxrZZ28
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