The Democratic Party of Illinois launched a website Tuesday with a “who said it?” quiz Tuesday featuring Sen. Mark Kirk and likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The site gives users the opportunity to guess which Republican is responsible for each of the sixteen provided quotes.
“I’m OK with discrimination against young Arab males from terrorist-producing sites,” Kirk is quoted as saying on the site.
The quote stems from a 2005 issue of the Chicago Tribune. Kirk was speaking at a technology conference at Northwestern protecting U.S. borders from foreign terrorists.
The quiz also includes some quotes from the divisive Trump.
“I’ve never seen something so incompetently negotiated- and I mean never,” Trump is quoted as saying about the Iran nuclear deal.
CNN reported that the billionaire made the comments on the steps of Capitol Hill last September.
All told, twelve of the sixteen quotes belong to Kirk, who is battling Duckworth in one of the nation’s most highly-contested Senate races.
Nevertheless, Kirk announced Tuesday that he will not back Trump in the upcoming election, calling his statements about the heritage of a Hispanic judge presiding over civil fraud lawsuits against his beleaguered Trump University “un-American.”
“As the Presidential campaign progressed, I was hoping the rhetoric would tone down and reflect a campaign that was inclusive, thoughtful and principled,” Kirk said. “While I oppose the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump's latest statements, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women and the disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support my party's nominee for President regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the Republican Party.”
Duckworth, who faces an August trial related to a workplace retaliation lawsuit stemming from her time as Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, has been hammering Kirk for pledging his support to Trump in March.
Duckworth also slammed Kirk Monday after he declined to comment on Trump’s statements about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the Trump University case.
"To my opponent, Senator Kirk, I would simply say, as Dr. King did, there comes a time when silence is betrayal," Duckworth said. "Any politician who stays silent, or hopes to fly under the radar, is complicit in his campaign of hate and division- and deserves to be judged harshly. It may not happen immediately, but I fundamentally believe history will not be kind to those who stood by or shrugged off the shameful candidacy of Donald J. Trump."
In the past week, Trump has lodged multiple attacks at Curiel, who was born in East Chicago, Ind. to Mexican-born parents, calling him a “hater of Donald Trump."
On Tuesday afternoon, Trump said his comments on the judge were "misconstrued" as an attack against people of Mexican heritage, the Associated Press reported.
Duckworth also touched on the upcoming trial workplace retaliation trial Monday in an interview with WLS AM radio’s Bill Cameron. Duckworth told Cameron the she looks forward to “getting the truth out there about what happened.” When asked to elaborate, she said she couldn’t because of the trial’s ongoing nature.
“Well look, I can’t say anything about the case because it is still a pending case,” she said.
The Kirk campaign responded to Duckworth’s claims Monday.
"The problem for Rep. Duckworth is that the truth is out there, and it outlines a scenario where Duckworth was more concerned with covering up for Rod Blagojevich instead of addressing the claims of veteran abuse and mistreatment," Kirk’s campaign manager Kevin Artl said in a statement. "Duckworth admitted in emails that she was wrong and then asked employees to help her cover it up--that's the truth--even according to Duckworth."