Mitch McConnell: Criticizing Trump’s Racism Is ‘a Mistake, Not Good For The Country’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week insisted that Trump’s racist attacks against four Democratic House Representatives who are all women of color are not racist and that criticizing Trump’s xenophobic tweets is “a mistake” and “not good for the country.”
“The president’s not a racist,” McConnell told reporters during his weekly press conference. “I think the tone of all of this is not good for the country.”
Trump sparked widespread condemnation for his racist attacks on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
ON Wednesday, House Democrats introduced a resolution seeking to rebuke Trump’s attack.
While insisting that Trump is not racist, McConnell is also suggesting that Trump’s critics are equally at fault.
“To single out any segment of this, I think it’s a mistake,” McConnell said, dismissing concerns about Trump’s bigoted rhetoric that have been raised by allies like Canada and the United Kingdom. He added that the bigotry “is coming from all ideological points of view.”
While some Republicans eventually spoke out to criticize Trump’s racist attacks, Republican leaders like McConnell and McCarthy are standing with Trump and defending his deliberate use of racial division hatred and xenophobia to fire up his base and keep the conversation away from the upcoming Robert Mueller testimony.
Watch McConnell’s remarks below.
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