Senator Of Illinois Mark Kirk Calls Out President Obama Claiming "We Can't Have The President Acting Like The Drug Dealer In Chief"
|Senator Of Illinois Mark Kirk Calls Out President Obama Claiming|
"We Can't Have The President Acting Like The Drug Dealer In Chief"
The comment was made by Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, who used the Obama administration's recent Iran payment scandal as a way to characterize him as a drug dealer---which quickly caused backlash from critics, who say it was tasteless and racist.
Kirk's comments, made to the editorial board of The State Journal-Register of Springfield on Tuesday, were first reported online on Saturday by the paper's political columnist, Bernard Schoenburg.
The senator has made national security issues paramount in his bid for a second term — a campaign complicated by a controversial GOP presidential nominee and Illinois' tradition of voting overwhelmingly Democratic in presidential years.
Kirk has unendorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and has gone through a back-and-forth series of statements of whom he would write in for president, settling on former U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, though the vote would not be counted under Illinois election law.
Many Republicans slammed the Obama administration, accusing it of paying a ransom--which the government does not do in fear of encouraging an onslaught of blackmail by terrorists.
Kirk, who is up for reelection this upcoming election season, took over the Senate seat that was once occupied by Obama in 2009, after he was elected president.
This isn't the first time Kirk has found himself in a conundrum over racially-insensitive statements he made. Last year, he drew criticism for suggesting that Black neighborhoods are "one(s) we drive faster through."