Elaine Chao calls out Trump’s blatant anti-Asian racism
Former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and served in the Trump Administration, has held her tongue about former President Donald Trump’s anti-Asian comments — until now.
Trump has grown to resent McConnell vehemently, calling for him to be replaced as GOP leader in the U.S. Senate. And he has bashed Chao in the process.
On January 23, Trump posted, on his Truth Social platform, “Does Coco Chow have anything to do with Joe Biden’s Classified Documents being sent and stored in Chinatown? Her husband, the Old Broken Crow, is VERY close to Biden, the Democrats, and, of course, China.”
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This time, journalist Azi Paybarah reports in a Washington Post article published on January 25, Chao has responded.
In a statement, the former transportation secretary, said, “When I was young, some people deliberately misspelled or mispronounced my name. Asian-Americans have worked hard to change that experience for the next generation. He doesn’t seem to understand that, which says a whole lot more about him than it will ever say about Asian-Americans.”
Chao has a long history in GOP politics. Paybarah notes, “In 2001, Chao became the first Asian- American woman to be named to a cabinet post, serving as labor secretary under George W. Bush for eight years. McConnell did not initially support Trump’s 2016 candidacy but aligned himself with the party’s standard-bearer once he secured the nomination. The two men developed a working relationship that produced legislation on tax cuts and the confirmations of a bevy of judicial appointments, but the alliance was severed after the attack on the Capitol and a string of election losses that the senator essentially blamed on Trump.”
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Read the Washington Post’s full story at this link.
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