Durbin Condemns President Trump's Reopening Comments Disparaging U.S. Service Members On Senate Floor

Durbin Calls Out Senate Republicans For Blocking Passage Of Duckworth's Resolution Honoring The Service And Sacrifice Of Our Service Members And Veterans & Condemning President Trump's Disgraceful Statements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and members of the Senate Democratic Caucus on the Senate floor in speaking out against President Donald Trump’s reported comments disparaging U.S. service members, calling those who were injured or killed in battle “losers” and “suckers.” 

Durbin cosponsored a resolution introduced today by Senator Duckworth, a decorated combat veteran who herself has been the subject of attacks by President Trump and his enablers.  The simple resolution honors the service and sacrifice of our service members and veterans and condemns President Trump’s disgraceful statements.  Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) objected to Senator Duckworth’s request to immediately pass this resolution on the Senate floor.

“Instead of respecting our troops, President Trump ridicules them.  Instead of bowing his head in humility, he barks insults and obscenities.  No president in our history, none that I can even imagine, have been so juvenile, so abusive, and so cynical in speaking of our fallen heroes,” Durbin said.  “And what do we hear from Republican officeholders about these sickening comments?  Very little, if anything, in objection.  Their silence is deafening.”

Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.

Footage of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here for TV Stations.

Along with Durbin and Duckworth, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-MY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Carper (D-DE), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jon Tester (D-MT), Doug Jones (D-AL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) also spoke out against President Trump’s comments on the Senate floor.