One can hardly turn on cable news without hearing someone say that Republicans are racists trying to roll back the clock on civil rights. Having a policy disagreement with President Obama, many of his partisan supporters argue, is nothing more than thinly veiled racism.
But Democrats who imagine racist slights and â€œdog whistlesâ€ at every turn would be wise to look at the vicious anti-Asian bigotry on display in Kentucky, which is being fomented by supporters of their so-called progressive party.
Elaine Chao, who came to America from Taiwan at the age of 8, is a successful businesswoman and a graduate of Harvard Business School. She has also served our country in numerous positions, most recently as Secretary of Labor during the George W. Bush administration. She also served for a time as director of the Peace Corps. Having worked with Elaine during my time in the White House, I can say you will not find a more principled, honest and decent individual.
Except that thereâ€™s one problem: Elaine Chao is married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. And some Democrats are so desperate to hold on to power that they will resort to anythingâ€”including racist attacksâ€”to demean and belittle their political enemies.
This past weekend, as Senator McConnell spoke to supporters at the Fancy Farm event in Kentucky, he sought to confront the â€œWar on Womenâ€ rhetoric of his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, by noting his wifeâ€™s accomplishments. â€œAnd the biggest asset I have by far is the only Kentucky woman who served in a presidentâ€™s cabinet, my wife, Elaine Chao,â€ he said toapplause from the crowd.
It didnâ€™t take long for Kathy Groob, the founder of the pro-Democrat PAC Elect Women, to start mocking Chaoâ€™s heritage on Twitter. â€œSheâ€™s not from KYâ€¦She is Asian and [President George W.] Bush openly touted that,â€ Groob said. In other tweets, Groob referred to Chao as McConnellâ€™s â€œChinese wife,â€ and said McConnell is â€œwedded to free trade in China.â€
She later deleted her offensive tweets and deactivated her Twitter account. National and Kentucky Democrats, to their credit,Â quickly denounced her remarks.
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