Sen. Dick Durbin Blasts Mark Curran After Candidate’s Criticism of Rep. John Lewis

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Sen. Dick Durbin is blasting Republican Mark Curran for comments
the candidate made about U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who passed away Friday at the
age of 80.

Curran, the former Lake County sheriff who is running against
Durbin for a seat in the United States Senate, criticized Lewis’ support of
abortion rights during his life, saying that the Congressman wasn’t “much of a
civil rights leader.”

Durbin blasted Curran’s remarks, calling them a “disgusting”
attack on Lewis’ legacy.

“Mark Curran’s public attack on John Lewis just days after
his death is disgusting,” Durbin said. “To disparage Congressman Lewis, a truly
selfless hero and relentless fighter for civil rights and equality, is a new low
for Curran. It is time for responsible Illinois Republican Party leaders to
clearly repudiate Curran’s hateful rhetoric.”

During the remarks, which Curran delivered at a Chicago
rally urging city officials to protect a statue of Christopher Columbus that was
the subject of an intense protest and clash between demonstrators and police on
Friday, the Republican candidate said that Lewis’ support of abortion rights
clashed with his legacy as a civil rights leader.

“He might have been instrumental in the fight for civil
rights at one time, but John Lewis got in bed with Planned Parenthood and the
abortion industry,” Curran said Sunday, at a rally in front of the Christopher
Columbus statue in Chicago that was the subject of an intense protest on
Friday. “Three out of five pregnancies in the African-American community end in
abortion. If you want to know why there is violence in the streets of Chicago,
why it’s the most violent city in America, it’s because there’s no respect for
the sanctity of human life.

“So when you have a quote-unquote ‘civil rights leader’
saying ‘it’s okay to kill all these little Black and Hispanic babies in the
womb, no big deal, let’s make it as easy as possible making these centers in the
inner city,’ well, you’re not much of a civil rights leader,” he added.

In a series of social media posts after the speech, Curran
insisted that he did not “disrespect” Lewis, and stood by his comments.

“I pointed out that although he was a hero of the Civil
Rights Era, he later became a champion of abortion and a defender of Planned
Parenthood, which are responsible for killing 19 million Black babies since
1973,” Curran said in one of his tweets.

Curran won the Republican Senate primary in March, fending
off a group of challengers to capture the spot on the ballot opposite of
Durbin. He will be running against the senator, as well as Libertarian
candidate Danny Malouf and independent candidate Willie Wilson in the November
general election.

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via NBC Chicago

July 19, 2020 at 04:44PM

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