This is just bizarre. So, there's one candidate in a debate who is a disabled war veteran, a Daughter of the American Revolution (meaning that she is descended from someone who fought in the American Revolutionary War), and who has a long history in her family of the members serving in the American military. That candidate was shot down while piloting a Black Hawk helicopter during the 2004 Iraq War, and lost both legs in the attack. There's another candidate who has been caught making at least 9 false claims to inflate his military record, including claims he had been awarded Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year (he hadn't), that he had been in combat in Kosovo (he wasn"t), that he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (he didn't) and Operation Desert Storm (he didn't) during which he commanded the war room (he didn't), that he was deployed to Afghanistan (he wasn't) and that he had taken fire over Iraq (he didn't). Mark Kirk's disproven military embellishments And then, in a debate... this happened. Because the disabled war veteran's father, himself a war veteran from WWII, had married a foreign woman, Kirk was happy to make a racist insult about a vet who knew more about combat firsthand than he did. This is probably the most openly racist thing I've witnessed in politics this year, and a huge indication of an entitlement mindset arising from white male privilege. The Republicans just seem prone to certain blind spots regarding how offensive these attitudes are to not just minorities, but also anyone who is woke in general. Fortunately, those such as Kirk know that minorities are treated well in this country, and have no concerns about what happens when the majority and minorities flip... which makes their rhetoric and freely spoken fears on that issue so surprising. It's like they're maintaining two completely different and mutually incompatible narratives. Anyway, this was so blatant that I felt it worth posting. Anyone else think this is unacceptable? Or, does anyone think Kirk was absolutely right in his attack?