Outlandish GOP Senate Candidate Launches Racist Attack on Mitch McConnell's 'China Family'

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A racist Republican Senate candidate released a repugnant attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday, calling the GOP leader "cocaine Mitch" and lambasting his "China family."

The 30-second video ad continues Don Blankenship's racist attacks on McConnell, who is married to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan. Blankenship, running in the West Virgina Republican primary on May 8, attacked Chao's father as a "Chinaperson," despite that fact that, as McConnell points out, her father is an American. 

Blankenship continues to use the derogatory word to refer to people from China in his new ad. He says: "Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for Chinapeople. While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich. In fact, his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars."

The absurd and ridiculous attacks are a sign of the continuing struggle for power within the Republican party, in which fringe candidates have gained far more support and momentum than the leadership would have hoped or predicted. Some fear that Blankenship may become the Roy Moore of West Virginia and tank the party's chances of winning the Senate seat in the 2018 midterms.

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