GOP West Virginia Candidate Launches Racial Attack on Mitch McConnell's Family

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Posted: May 03, 2018 6:10 PM
GOP West Virginia Candidate Launches Racial Attack on Mitch McConnell's Family

This week all three contenders at the West Virginia GOP primary debate refused to show their support for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. One candidate, former coal executive Don Blankenship, even ducked behind his podium. It was funny and the audience got a kick out of it. But, things took a nasty turn Thursday after Blankenship's new ad leaked. It includes racial attacks against McConnell and his family. 

McConnell, for context's sake, is married Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, a Chinese American. Her father is chairman of a shipping company.

“Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people,” Blankenship's new ad "Ditch Mitch" claims.

"While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich,” he adds. “In fact, his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars.”

McConnell's former chief of staff and campaign manager Josh Holmes quickly responded to Blankenship's shocking charges.

Donald Trump Jr. added his voice to the race today, urging West Virginians to vote wisely "reject Blankenship."

Still, Blankenship is forging ahead. He will beat Democrat incumbent Joe Manchin and "Cocaine Mitch" for the sake of the kids, the candidate promises in the campaign spot, expected to start airing Friday. The "cocaine" nickname is reportedly in reference to a 2014 report that drugs were found aboard a shipping vessel owned by Chao’s family. In a recent interview with Politico, Blankenship again targeted McConnell's wife. Chao, he said, is “from China, so we have to be really concerned that we are in truth” putting America’s interests first.

The West Virginia primary is May 8.