McCain joke about Long Island falls flat for a fellow senator

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainDems fear Trump arguments on terrorism FULL SPEECH: Tim Kaine accepts Democratic VP nomination Retired admiral: It would be a disaster if Trump were the face of the US MORE (R-Ariz.) returned to the Senate floor Wednesday evening to apologize for a joke he made about Long Island.

Earlier in the evening, he said the island off New York is “regrettably” a part of the United States. He made the crack during a heated argument with Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSyria activists cheer Kaine pick Democratic National Convention event calendar Opioid package clears key Senate hurdle MORE (D-Ill.) over terrorist detainees.

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“Is it true that Justice [Sandra Day] O’Conner was specifically referring to a case of someone who was captured on Long Island?” asked McCain during the floor debate, referring to a Supreme Court case pertaining to the permanent military detention of Americans suspected of terrorism.

“Last I checked Long Island was, albeit sometimes regrettably, was part of the United States of America,” said McCain.

McCain’s comment passed without remark at the time, but apparently not everyone thought it was funny.

A few minutes later the senior senator from Arizona came back to the floor and said he regretted that one of his colleagues lacked a sense of humor.

“In an exchange I had on the floor I mentioned the wonderful people of wonderful Long Island, I made a joke, I am sorry that there is at least one of my colleagues that can’t take a joke,” said McCain. “So I apologize if I offended him and I hope that at least some day he will have a sense of humor.” 

The two sitting senators from New York are Charles SchumerCharles SchumerConvention shows Democrats support fracking, activists on the fringe Dem ad blasts Indiana senate candidate on Social Security The Trail 2016: Unity at last MORE (D) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense The Trail 2016: The newrevolution begins Democratic National Convention event calendar MORE (D).

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