WASHINGTON DC – Although Illinois' U.S. Senator Mark Kirk was one of the few Republicans to welcome a meeting with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, the GOP senator refused to meet with Donald Trump near the Capitol Thursday morning – reaffirming his non-support for the presumed Republican presidential candidate.
Mr. Trump noticed and brushed off Kirk's snub. The Washington Post reports:
Trump also called out Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) — who withdrew his endorsement of Trump last month, citing the business mogul’s racially based attacks on a federal judge — and said he did not approve of the senator’s action, the officials said.
Characterizing Kirk as a loser, Trump vowed that he would carry Illinois in the general election even though the state traditionally has been solidly Democratic in presidential contests. Kirk did not attend the meeting with Trump.
Asked later in the day about Trump’s comments, Kirk declined to comment other than to say: “I guess he lit me up.”