Another horrifying racist troglodyte has come crawling into the American political spotlight, this time in West Virginia.
Don Blankenship, a Republican running for his party’s Senate nomination in the Mountain State, hopes to unseat Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin. In keeping with the modern GOP’s trend towards picking the worst dregs of society to represent them, Blankenship is an ex-convict who served prison time for his role in a mining disaster that claimed the lives of 29 miners. His negligence and anti-union efforts played a crucial role in the fatalities.
Now, Blankenship wants the miners of West Virginia — who he betrayed with mortal consequences — to rally around him and vote him into the Senate. In order to sell himself as a man of the people, he has taken to attacking the Republican establishment, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) quickly emerging as his whipping boy.
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Recently, Blankenship referred to him as “Cocaine Mitch.” He also dove facefirst into unrepentant racism by referring to the father of McConnell’s wife Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao as a “wealthy Chinaperson.” He implied that Chao’s nationality meant McConnell is beholden to insidious foreign interests.
“I have an issue when the father-in-law is a wealthy Chinaperson and there’s a lot of connections to some of the brass, if you will, in China,” he said.
Now, Blankenship has doubled down on his xenophobic fearmongering. In a stunningly bigoted new campaign advertisement, he says that “Swamp Captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for Chinapeople,” because apparently, Blankenship believes that anyone who marries a person of Chinese descent must be a henchman of the Central Committee. The ad only gets worse from there.
As he stares dead-eyed directly into the camera, Blankenship alleges in a droning monotone that McConnell has received tens of millions of dollars from his “China family.”
Then, in a voice so enthusiastic the FDA could approve it as a military grade medical sleep aid, Blankenship complains that McConnell’s swamp minions are running ads that call him “despicable and mentally ill.” While the jury is still out on the latter, the ad itself makes it abundantly clear that he is certainly the former.
McConnell is a horrible man who has sold out the American people at every turn, but Blankenship has somehow managed to present himself as even worse. Neither belongs in government.
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— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) May 3, 2018