Durbin Responds to Question on Platform by Attacking FNC, Adelson


Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) responded to questioning about changes to the Democratic Party platform Tuesday by attacking Fox News Channel and Sheldon Adelson, in an interview with Bret Baier.

Anchor Bret Baier questioned Durbin about the decision to remove the word God from the platform, as well as the removal of language that declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Durbin reacted strongly to the questions, immediately criticizing Fox.

“God, out of the platform. Why do that?” Baier asked.

“If the narrative that is being presented on your station, and through your channel and your network, is that the Democrats are God-less people, they ought to know better,” Durbin said. “God is not a franchise of the Republican Party.”

Durbin argued the focus on the party platform is myopic and misses the point.

“I know what’s going on here,” Durbin said, when asked about the Israel language. “It’s an effort to try and justify Sheldon Adelson, and the money that he’s spending, in the name of really standing up for Israel.”

“The Democrats and Republicans are committed to Israel’s future and security, and I’m one of them,” Durbin continued.