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Monday, February 26, 2024

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s own history of racism

Sen. Mitch McConnell: Victim of racism or user of it? (AP)
Sen. Mitch McConnell: Victim of racism or user of it? (AP)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who claims recent Tweets about his Asian-born wife are “racist attacks” should know a thing or two about racism because he has come under fire for his own racist remarks about President Barack Obama.

Last year, an advance text for a McConnell speech said: “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems.  He hasn’t been working to earn reelection. He’s been working to earn a stop on the PGA tour.

McConnell’s comments surfaced in late 2009 in The Atlantic Magazine, leading some top Democrats and pundits to call for his resignation from the Senate.

Obama called the comments by McConnell “hurtful and divisive, especially in these trying times for our country.

That brought a charge of racism from MSNBC talk show host Lawrence O’Donnell.

Said O’Donnell:

There are many, many, many rhetorical choices you can make at any point in any speech to make whatever point up want to make. If he wanted to make the point that you just suggested and I think he does want to make that point, they had a menu of a minimum of ten different kinds of images that they could have raised. And I promise you, the speech writers went through rejecting three or four before they land order that one. That’s the one they want for a very deliberate reason. That — there’s — these people reach for every single possible racial double entendre they can find in every one of these speeches.

It isn’t the first time charges of racism have surfaced against McConnell.  As a candidate for the Senate he was accused to telling racist jokes in private meetings.

“The candidate saw racist jokes as a way to make him seem like one of the boys in Kentucky,” one former campaign worker told Capitol Hill Blue.

In 2010 he came under fire for refusing to denounce racism in the Tea Party.

When Candy Crowley, host of CNN’s State of the Union asked McConnell about the Tea Party’s widespread racism, McConnell replied “I am not interested in getting into that debate.”

McConnell was also accused of racism in 2007 when he oppose a Senate bill that would give Washington, DC, a voting seat in the House of Representatives.

Opponents said McConnell had expressed concern about granting such power to an area with more than 650,000 African Americans.

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