McConnell Asked About Telling His Immigrant Wife to ‘Go Back’ to Her Country

McConnell Asked About Telling His Immigrant Wife to ‘Go Back’ to Her Country July 17, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dodged a question, as he so often does, about Trump’s racist attack on four progressive Democratic Congresswomen. A reporter asked him if he would consider it racist if someone told his wife Elaine Chao, the Secretary of Transportation. But in the process of his dodge, he unwittingly admitted something important.

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“You’re married to an immigrant naturalized citizen,” a reporter noted. “If someone were to say to her, ‘you should go back to your country’ because of her criticisms of federal policies, wouldn’t you consider that a racist attack?”

But the Senate majority leader did not directly answer the question.

“Well, the secretary of transportation came here at age 8, legally, not speaking a word of English and has realized the American dream. I think all of us think this is a process of renewal that has gone on in this country for a very long time, and it’s good for America, and we ought to continue it.”…

“As I said, legal immigration has been a fulfilling of the American dream. The new people who come here have a lot of ambition, a lot of energy. They tend to do very well and invigorate our country. My wife is a good example of that,” McConnell said.

Funny, but that’s exactly the same age at which Rep. Ilhan Omar got American citizenship, also entirely legally. So McConnell is unwittingly admitting that Trump’s attack on her is wrong, if not racist. That means Omar is also fulfilling the American dream too, right? She is helping invigorate our country, right Mitch? He wouldn’t admit that, of course, except by accident. But no one dodges a question like McConnell. He is a master of the disingenuous answer and changing the subject. If it didn’t suit his purposes, you couldn’t get him to admit that water is wet.

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