Sen. John McCainJohn McCainHigh anxiety for GOP Trump: 'Very disappointed' GOP senator dropped support GOP senator: I'd consider Clinton Supreme Court pick 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 DurbinGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Wikileaks: Durbin pushed unknown Warren for Obama bank regulator The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Ill.) over terrorist detainees.
“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 SchumerImmigration was barely covered in the debates GOP leaders advise members to proceed with caution on Trump Senate Dems demand answers from Wells Fargo over treatment of military MORE (D) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMusic streamer Spotify joins Gillibrand’s push for paid family leave Gillibrand proposes sexual assault reforms for Merchant Marine Academy Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs MORE (D).