Rachel Maddow pointed out that the latest scandal in Donald Trump’s cabinet could be the worst of all because it could impact a key member of the Republican-controlled Senate: Mitch McConnell.
As the MSNBC host pointed out, Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao – wife of McConnell – has been using her office not only to benefit herself and her family but also to help her husband as he runs for reelection.
Maddow noted that Chao is “using taxpayer resources to try to hook up her family’s company in China and maintaining a whole parallel project approval system specifically to benefit her husband who runs the U.S. Senate.”
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Maddow summarized the explosive scandal:
Her department is denying that there’s any impropriety whatsoever, but literally, this is the transportation secretary of the United States secretly profiting off her job by investing in the country’s biggest road-building company while she’s transportation secretary. Also using taxpayer resources to try to hook up her family’s company in China and maintaining a whole parallel project approval system specifically to benefit her husband who runs the U.S. Senate and who oversaw her confirmation there, and who has been given millions of dollars himself by her family. Why do they have millions of dollars? Because they run that company that she has used her office to promote. I mean, this is B movie stuff.
A scandal that would end any other administration
As Maddow pointed out on Tuesday, this scandal alone – a transportation secretary using her position to get rich and help the Senate majority leader win reelection – would end any other administration. It would be the fuel for any potential Democratic nominee looking to unseat the incumbent president.
What makes this scandal particularly egregious is that it’s not isolated to the executive branch. It expands into the Republican-controlled Senate.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is literally profiting financially and politically from his wife’s position in the Trump administration. If you’re wondering why the Senate majority leader has sold his soul to protect this corrupt and unfit president, look no further.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.