In a strange twist of fate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the turtle-faced Republican from Kentucky who cried when his attempt to strip health care from millions failed, just hit back at racism in his own party.
McConnell grew a spine just after ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship, a Republican contender for the spot on West Virginia’s Senate ticket this fall, referred to McConnell’s wife’s father as a “wealthy Chinaperson.” McConnell is married to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
The implication was that McConnell would be soft on China because of his familial connections.
McConnell responded in an interview to Fox News on Wednesday, saying, “My father-in-law is an American, who lives in New York, works in New York, and I don’t have any comment about ridiculous observations like that.”
He didn’t stop there. McConnell took a further jab at Blankenship, begging the Republican voters of West Virginia to pick “somebody who can actually win the general election.”
That shouldn’t be a hard wish to make reality, considering Blankenship was released from prison less than a year ago and Republicans are supposedly the morality party. Of course, that was before they vehemently backed the likes of serial pedophile Roy Moore and serial daughter-ogler Donald Trump.
Blankenship comes up against Rep. Evan Jenkins (W.Va.) and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for the Republican nomination on May 8. The winner will face incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
Of course, Manchin himself votes with Republicans at almost every juncture, so McConnell and his ideology are safe no matter which way this rolls out.