Mitch McConnell Admits Anti-Asian Racism Is Real, He Just Doesn't Want To Do Anything About It

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants everyone to know that anti-Asian racism hits close to home, just not close enough to support legislation that would make it harder for someone to gun down Asian people.

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After a Tuesday afternoon press conference in which Republican Senators aired their grievances about everything from the border to voting rights, a reporter asked McConnell if he regrets his longtime opposition legislation that would strengthen background checks for gun sales in the wake of two high profile mass shootings in the last week: Monday’s grocery store shooting in Boulder, Colorado that left 10 dead, and the Atlanta spa shootings that left 8 dead—including six Asian women—one week ago.

The alleged Atlanta shooter, Robert Aaron Long, bought a gun earlier that day; the state of Georgia requires a longer waiting period to obtain an abortion.

“As the husband for almost three decades of an Asian-American woman, I have noticed—and we have experienced, over the years—racial prejudice against Asian-Americans,” McConnell said, referring to his wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “It certainly rose to the fore for everyone else when we saw these shootings.”

But the rise of anti-Asian violence was evident long before the recent shootings. Violence against Asian people in the United States has been on the rise due to the covid-19 pandemic, which originated in China. President Trump took great pleasure in villainizing China on social media and during press conferences. He reveled in referring to covid-19 as “The China Virus,” “The Chinese Virus,” and “Kung Flu,” but insisted these terms weren’t racist. This, combined with racist imagery from various news outlets depicting China—and therefore Chinese people—as underhanded and unsanitary, helped create a powder keg of anti-Asian resentment, leading to multiple reports of harassment and physical altercations, largely against Asian women.

Researchers at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University tracked a direct correlation between the uptick in anti-Asian violence and the time Trump started calling covid-19 “The China Virus.” And yet, number one Wife Guy McConnell didn’t feel the need to push back on Trump’s sinophobic comments that had the potential to put a target on his wife’s back.

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In true form, McConnell qualified his statement by saying, “These despicable acts of violence should be condemned for what they are, but the legislative solutions have been perplexing.”

The “perplexing” legislative solutions he’s referring to are H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, two gun control bills that passed in the House with scant Republican support earlier this month. H.R. 8 requires gun background checks for unlicensed dealers while H.R. 1446 closes a loophole that allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed within three days. McConnell noted that he agrees with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in opposing both bills, but that was a given without namedropping the most conservative—and, therefore, one of the most powerful—Democrats in the Senate.

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But the racism expert didn’t stop there. Later, McConnell made sure to make this brilliantly false and easily debunked statement too: “[The Senate filibuster] has no racial history at all. None. There’s no dispute among historians about that.”

It has famously been used to withhold civil rights from Black people, but okay.

Hell of a day, McConnell!

Staff writer, mint chocolate hater.

DISCUSSION

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“I have experienced Asian American prejudice.”

No Mitch, you have experienced people disgusted that you found someone out there to be blind enough to possibly funnel your shriveled hog because there is a big fuckin paycheck involved once you finally become the Devil’s favorite pool boy.

Also, you found someone willing to overlook actually doing her fuckin job twice.

Like when she was Secretary of Labor during the Bush Jr years - you may remember that was the time some mines had some of their biggest accident rates due to dangerous working conditions because the Labor department wasn’t actually doing the fucking inspections and allowing the mine owners to do whatever the fuck they want. Since it was all up in those Kentucky hills and nearby West Virginia, I am sure this is when her beady eyes got a look at your myopic death like stare and that absence of chin and thought “Man, that’s the goddamn man turtle hybrid thing for me. I need a fucking old shitbag who likes sucking big corporate dick like me” The 2009 audit of your wive’s tenure basically left the fucking department in fucking tatters.

Oh hell, lets talk of her hilarity as the Head of the Department of Transportation under Baron Von Orange McFuckstick when you were running rampant doing dick all except for your biggest contributors and making sure to blame everything from taxes to soggy Rice Krispies on Democrats. You may remember these as the Days of Wine and Roses where she took the equivalent of seven weeks vacation off with ‘private’ time.

But that’s a drop in the fucking bucket compared to those hilarious conflicts of interest (or as you may call them the ‘money money gimme da money’ projects) like her fucking father where you and her cozied up to the daddy’s and sis’s Foremost Group, which goddamned is in the pocket of the Chinese Government. That one who suddenly was given huge leeway to ship 72% of its tonnage to and from China while simultaneously choking off the American shipping companies who did that before! Oh and Foremost didn’t do DICK shipping before she got appointed and suddenly Daddy got a windfall. Man, what a coincidence!

Or how about in June 2019 when you got caught along with her ‘special liaison’ “to help with grant applications and other priorities” for Transportation Department projects in the state of Kentucky, the only state to have such a liaison. You might remember that because you got 78 MILLION DOLLARS out of it to shore up your strongholds in the counties and assuage no chance of being ousted.

Hell, lets talk about in when Mitch Behm was removed as Inspector General at the Transportation Department. Behm who was not a political appointee, was conducting an investigation into whether Secretary Elaine Chao was giving preferential treatment to projects in Kentucky. You remember because you were running for reelection at the time.

That was when Trump brought in Howard “Skip” Elliott as interim Inspector General of the Transportation Department. And that was a laugh because Elliot was literally working under your fucking wife at the time. Thus, Elliott was head of an office that was investigating his own actions and those of Chao.

Yea you experienced a lot of goddamn mistreatment...because you and her and her fucking ass family are greedy shitbags posing as people who would literally bend and spread if someone was gonna stuff a 20 up your various orifices.

Fuck you. Fuck your wife. Fuck her family. Hope to hear you fucking die soon!

Fuck, I need a drink.