McCain Demands Durbin Apologize for Racist ‘Back of the Bus’ Charge Against Republicans

Posted: Mar 19, 2015 4:45 PM

As many Townhall readers now know, Senate Democrats have refused to support an anti-human trafficking bill because of an anti-abortion provision that would ban the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. Democrats are crying foul, despite numerous reports and evidence that suggest they already knew this language existed.

As a sort of counter punch to these radical pro-abortion Democrats’ shameful priorities (protecting abortion over sex trafficking victims?), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he is blocking the confirmation vote for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch until his stubborn colleagues move their feet on this important legislation.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) apparently wasn't briefed on all of this context. Wednesday afternoon, Durbin basically accused Senate Republicans of racism.

"Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar."

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), never one to take an insult easily, took the floor of the Senate Thursday and ridiculed Durbin for his offensive charges.

"I deeply regret that the senator from Illinois chose to come here yesterday and question the integrity and motivation, mine and my Republican colleagues," McCain went on. "It was offensive and unnecessary and I think he owes this body, Ms. Lynch, and all Americans an apology."

Drop the mic. (I’ve always wanted to say that.)

Durbin responded with a poor defense of his comments, saying how unfair it is that Lynch has to wait so long for a vote while the Senate argues over legislation. He didn’t apologize.

As insensitive as Durbin’s statement was, it’s still overshadowed by Senate Democrats’ feigned ignorance over the anti-abortion provision they are now suddenly decrying. In order to protect abortion rights, they are preventing victims of sex trafficking from receiving the important benefits included in Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) Justice for Victims in Trafficking Act. The bill is self explanatory and McConnell is delaying the AG vote to ensure its passage. In other words, it's not about race.

Once Durbin offers an apology (if ever), the rest of his Democratic colleagues should follow suit.