When protestors approached Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as he was leaving an event at Georgetown University, they likely never expected his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, to take the bait.
Protestors played the infamous audio from ProPublica of children crying after being separated from their parents per the Trump administration’s cruel and unilateral policy to deter immigrants from even attempting to enter the country, legally or illegally.
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Upon hearing the disruption, Chao approached the protestors and aggressively demanded they “leave her husband alone.”
“Why are you separating families?” they asked
“Why don’t you leave my husband alone?” she asked.
“Why is he separating families?” they retorted.
“You leave him alone!” she demanded. “You leave my husband alone!”
The conversation quickly turned heated, with Chao pointing her finger in the faces of the protestors, who continued berating her for her complicity in this administration’s inhumane actions.
We confronted @SenateMajLdr and @SecElaineChao with @ProPublica audio of children separated from their families at the border while leaving a @Georgetown event. We must #AbolishICE & #AbolishCBP! #FreedomforImmigrants pic.twitter.com/ljv70F3F0L
— Roberto (@Roberto62543651) June 26, 2018
McConnell, for his part, has been exceedingly supportive of Trump’s agenda, voting with the president a staggering 95.9% of the time. Of separating families, McConnell has only suggested that “all of the members of the Republican conference support a plan that keeps families together,” despite the fact that no such bill has actually made its way through the Senate.
Trump has signed an executive order reversing his own policy of separating families, but there are still thousands of children who have yet to be reunited with their parents.
It’s telling that McConnell and his wife would rather berate and run from protestors than be held accountable by the millions of Americans furious with this disgusting policy—a policy with which they are wholly complicit.