Progressive group under fire for racial attack on Mitch McConnell’s wife

Mitch McConnell, wife Elaine Chao
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wife Elaine Chao – Photo Credit NPR

The first rule of thumb when evaluating the actions of political activists is if the action originates with the left, it can’t possibly be racist.

With that established, WFPL News reports that the far-left group Progress Kentucky “is under sharp criticism for controversial online messages about Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife.”

McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, emigrated to the U.S. as a child and would eventually become the first Asian-American woman to be appointed to a cabinet-level White House position.

The following “tweet” is at the center of the controversy:

Progress KY

As WFPL notes, the Tweet links to a website run by conspiracy theorist and radio host Jeff Rense, alleging Chao discriminated against American workers during her tenure.

McConnell came to the defense of his wife, according to AP, telling about 100 home-state supporters, “They will not get away with attacking my wife in this campaign.”

“Elaine Chao is just as much an American as any of the rest of them,” he said. “In fact, she had to go through a lot more to become an American.”

Now, the second rule of thumb regarding political activists is that if you have been caught in some scurrilous activity and are from the left side of the aisle, all that is required to wipe the sin away is a simple apology.

Progress Kentucky executive director Shawn Reilly commented late Tuesday on the “inappropriate comment on the ethnicity” of the former labor secretary, “We apologize to the secretary for that unnecessary comment and have deleted the tweets in question.”

There. As if it never happened.

This is not the first time McConnell and his wife have dealt with racial attacks from the left. In 2001, a former state Democratic Party chairwoman was forced to apologize for saying that McConnell “passed up some good Kentucky pork to chow down at the Chinese money buffet.”


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