Former President Trump bluntly called House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife and former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao “crazy” and then went on to assert that she was working to “get rich on China.”
On Saturday, the former president vented his rage following McConnell (R-Ky.) taking an alleged swipe at Trump-backed candidates running for the Senate by tearing into his wife’s family’s Chinese connections. McConnell brought into question Republicans sweeping Senate races in the midterms across the nation because of “candidate quality.”
“Why do Republicans Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard working Republican candidates for the United States Senate,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
“This is such an affront to honor and to leadership. He should spend more time (and money!) helping them get elected, and less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on China!” he railed.
— Spiro Agnew’s Ghost (@SpiroAgnewGhost) August 21, 2022
There was a red wave coming.
Then the GOP got involved.
— Dr Strangetweet or How I Learned to Love the RT (@lone_rides) August 20, 2022
Chao’s father founded the Foremost Group, a Chinese shipping company that transports material to and from China. Her sister is the CEO and the family is incredibly wealthy.
According to The Hill, Chao claims to have no formal ties to the family business. Both McConnell and his wife have been slammed for potential conflicts of interest and have been accused of using government resources to support her family’s business.
Chao was appointed by Trump in 2017. She reportedly did not disclose that her family was affiliated with the Foremost Group during her confirmation hearing, according to the media outlet.
As McConnell and Trump locked horns during his administration, Chao reportedly said, “I stand by my man — both of them.”
Elaine Chao married Mitch McConnell. Kept her Chinese citizenship. As “Transportation Secretary in the Trump administration, the Transportation Department's inspector general found numerous instances where Chao used her office to promote her family's shipping business”
— Carol Husband (@CarolHusband) August 21, 2022
Foremost Group, which is owned by Sec. Elaine Chao’s father and Sen. McConnell’s father-in-law James S.C. Chao, signed contracts with a subsidiary of the state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) for four bulk cargo ships in June and September 2017.
— Austere Religious Scholar &Patriot Encourager (@PossDoug) August 20, 2022
She went on to resign following the Jan. 6 riot. Following her departure, the Justice Department declined to pursue an ethics probe into how she used her position in connection to her family’s business.
Despite McConnell stating that he would back Trump in 2024, the former president has little use for the House Minority Leader and asserts that he is “disloyal.” Much of that has to do with McConnell throwing cold water on the claims of a red wave taking back the Senate and House in the midterm elections.
“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different — they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” he stated last week.
“Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate. Either our side up slightly or their side up slightly,” McConnell contended.
MCCONNELL in KY asked for his midterm projections: "I think there's probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different, they're statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome."
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) August 18, 2022
McConnell made the statement after a number of Trump-backed candidates won the GOP nomination in key battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. He is questioning senate races such as Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker in Georgia. Both are Trump-backed candidates and are trailing in the polls.
📌BREAKING: Mitch McConnell said there’s “probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate.”
He went on to say, “Senate races are just different, they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
📌He is literally crapping on GOP candidates.
— D. Earl Stephens ✍️ (@EarlOfEnough) August 18, 2022
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