Instead of speaking out against Trump’s racism, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed the four House Democratic women that the president attacked.
Mitch McConnell Blamed House Democratic Women for Trump’s Racism
McConnell said, “We’ve heard facilities on the U.S. Border called concentration camps. We’ve seen the far left throw accusations of racism at everyone. Anyone who disagrees with them on anything, including the Speaker of the House. We’ve seen a freshman Democratic congresswoman use anti-semitic tropes and imply people only support Israel because of campaign contributions. The most vile accusations and insults against our nation have become incredibly routine, and we’ve seen back and forth over the past few days. Most of you know Justice Scalia was my sort of all-time favorite. Here’s what he used to say. He said, I don’t attack people. I attack ideas. And I think that’s a good lesson for all of us. From the president to the speaker to freshmen members of the House, all of us have a responsibility to elevate the public discourse. Our words do matter. We all know politics is a contact sport. But it’s about time we lowered the temperature all across the board, all of us ought to contribute to a better level of discourse.”
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 16, 2019
Mitch McConnell Engaged In Some Classic Both Sidesism
Mitch McConnell was being dishonest in his portrayal of the situation. Donald Trump launched an unprovoked racist attack on four non-white House Democrats. This isn’t a matter of both sides engaging in heated rhetoric. Nowhere in McConnell’s statement was a condemnation of Trump’s attacks. McConnell accused the Democrats of racism, but not Donald Trump. The Majority Leader tried to bury Trump’s behavior in an attack on Democrats.
Democrats didn’t make Donald Trump a racist. It is not the fault of Democrats that the president is trying to use racism to win reelection in 2020.
Not only was McConnell’s statement cowardly. It was also a lie.
Mitch McConnell just proved that impeachment would be a pointless task because no matter what Trump does McConnell and his Senate Republicans are going to stick with him.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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