Rep. Bobby Rush knocks Kirk’s ‘white boy’ plan for gang crackdown

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has some tough words for Sen. Mark Kirk's (R-Ill.) plan for dealing with gangs, accusing him of offering a "white boy" prescription for the problem.

After Kirk proposed the mass arrests of as many as 18,000 of Chicago's Gangster Disciples, Rush on Wednesday suggested the senator should keep his solutions to himself.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times's Lynn Sweet, Rush called Kirk's idea an "upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

Rush represents urban Chicago and is a former member of the Black Panthers. Kirk, who graduated from the House to the Senate after the 2012 election, comes from a wealthy suburban district north of Chicago.

Rush's words appear aimed at Kirk, though Senate Majority whip Dick Durbin -- a Democrat from Illinois -- has joined with Kirk on the effort. The two met with U.S. Attorney nominee Zachary Fardon on Wednesday to discuss their plan for the crackdown.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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