McConnell Just Compared Himself To Obama, Claims They Both Had ‘Slave-Owning Ancestors’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has come under a lot of fire recently after denying descendants of slaves reparations. On Tuesday, McConnell responded to the criticism by saying that he is just like former President Barack Obama in which they both apparently came from slave-owning families.
“I find myself once again in the same position as President [Barack] Obama. We both oppose reparations and we both are the descendants of slave owners,” he said, before moving on to another question.
NBC reported on Monday that McConnell came from a family of slave-owners.
According to the report, “the majority leader’s great-great-grandfathers, James McConnell and Richard Daley, owned a total of at least 14 slaves in Limestone County, Alabama — all but two of them female, according to the county “Slave Schedules” in the 1850 and the 1860 censuses.”
Asked about the reparations issue a few weeks ago, McConnell told reporters that he was opposed to the idea, arguing it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate.
“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, when none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea,” he said June 18, a day before the House reparations hearing. “We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We’ve elected an African American president.”