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Trump Taunted Mark Kirk At A Thursday Town Hall

By aaroncynic in News on Oct 7, 2016 5:06PM

Mark Kirk / Getty Images / Photo: Gabriella Demczuk

Republican Presidential nominee and ringmaster of the xenophobic carnival also known as the “alt right” took a jab at Mark Kirk at a town hall forum Thursday evening, saying the Republican Senator might actually be a Democrat.

“I guess there’s a gentleman in Illinois who’s not doing very well,” Trump said, according to The Hill. “He was actually taking out ads against me. I said, are you sure he’s a Republican? Maybe he’s a Democrat. He’s not doing well, but, hey, that’s his problem. He wasn’t for me and that’s for political reasons.”

Kirk, who’s running against challenger Representative Tammy Duckworth, reversed course on supporting Trump in June, citing the carnival barker’s temperment and inflammatory rhetoric. He later cited dumping Trump in a campaign ad.

Kirk istrailing in several polls to Duckworth. Last week, two polls put him a 2 to 5 point lead behind Duckworth, and most recently, a Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll put him a whopping 14 points behind the 8th District House Rep, 48 to 34. Despite this, the Kirk campaign took the opportunity to remind the Trump campaign the Illinois Senator still outperforms the Don. "The simple fact is that the Illinois Senate race is a statistical tie and Sen. Kirk is outperforming Donald Trump by a net of 13 points,” Kirk campaign manager Kevin Artl told Business Insider.

Duckworth's campaign took the chance to dig at both Republicans. "Donald Trump has proven himself totally unfit to be President, but even a broken clock is right twice a day," Democratic Party of Illinois spokesperson Sean Savett said in a statement emailed to Chicagoist.