Off the Record

Greta: Durbin should reflect on his past votes against African-American nominees and apologize for playing race card against Republicans

'Off the Record,' 3/19/15: The senator twice voted against African-American nominees. Maybe he should reflect and apologize for accusing Republicans of racism in Loretta Lynch vote


By Greta Van Susteren

Let's all go "Off the Record" for a minute. Last night, right here when I spoke to you "Off the Record," I was annoyed with Senator Dick Durbin for his deliberate injection of racism into the Loretta Lynch nomination. Senator Durbin used inflammatory rhetoric, racially-charged terms in a dog and pony show on the Senate floor. He was covertly - or overtly - accusing the Republicans of racism, saying they were putting nominee Lynch at "the back of the bus."

Let me repeat: Racism is real. Very painful, like all forms of bigotry are, but it's disgraceful and likewise painful when United States senator, Senator Durbin, deliberately plays the race card - mean and cruel, really nasty. Here are two factoids for you tonight. In 2005 Senator Durbin voted against Janice Rogers Brown, an African-American woman on the United States Court of Appeals for the DC circuit. No Republican accused Senator Durbin for being racist for voting against her.

Also in 2005, Senator Durbin voted against Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American woman secretary of state, and again, no Republican called Senator Durbin a racist for voting against her.

So, maybe Senator Durbin should take a moment for personal reflection and first thing Friday apologize to his Republican colleagues. That's my "Off the Record" comment tonight.