A joke Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cracked during a freewheeling Senate debate Wednesday night drew a stern rebuke from across the aisle as Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) took to Twitter to demand an apology.
The subject of the joke?
During a heated debate over detainee policy, McCain responded to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) regarding the case of a terror suspect captured on the isle just east of Manhattan.
“Last I checked, Long Island was part — albeit sometimes regrettably — part of the United States of America,” McCain said.
That prompted a swift response from New York’s senior senator.
“All of America saw how heroic Long Islanders were on 9/11,” Schumer tweeted to McCain on Wednesday night. “#LongIsland deserves an apology.”
A short while later on the Senate floor, McCain offered up an apology – of sorts.
“I’m sorry that there’s at least one of my colleagues that can’t take a joke, and so I apologize if I offended him and hope that someday he will have a sense of humor,” he said
Apology accepted? Maybe so, but not without a shot from Schumer back at McCain.
“NYers can take a joke,” the Democrat tweeted. “But if @SenJohnMcCain wants to mock parts of America, stick to Arizona.”
From this blogger’s perspective, at least for once it wasn’t New Jersey as the butt of the joke.