During a recent address on Capitol Hill, Mitch McConnell told reporters he’s had enough of Donald Trump’s attacks on various minority groups.
McConnell warned Trump that his attacks on Latinos may serve to shut out one of the nation’s largest minority groups and a wealth of votes for the Republican Party come this fall.
‘I was worried that we would do to the Latino vote what was done to the African-American vote by defining our party in such a way that we could not reach out to what has become the nation’s largest minority group. So I am worried about that. I said that last week and I say it again today.’
However, the Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky wouldn’t come forward and call out The Donald’s attacks for what they really are: racist. Instead, McConnell chose to beat around the bush when he was pressed by reporters as to whether he was worried about the potential harm Trump poses to the GOP’s agenda. He refused to disavow the business mogul, instead offering up some advice, saying:
‘There are a lot of issues that we ought to be talking about, our nominee ought to be talking about.’
‘My advice to our nominee would be to start talking about the issues that the American people care about, and to start doing it now. In addition to that, it’s time to quit attacking various people that you competed with, or various minority groups in the country, and get on message.’
According to McConnell, if Trump simply takes his advice, Americans will overlook his ongoing racist attacks against minority groups. Apparently, it’s easy. People will forget, just like that!
‘This election is eminently winnable. The American people at their core do not want four more years like the last eight. So I hope that’s what he will do. We’re all anxious to hear what he may say next.’
McConnell has refused to label Trump’s attacks on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel as racist. Trump has publicly stated that Curiel, who is the presiding judge in a Trump University case, faces a conflict of interest due to his Mexican heritage and Trump’s infamous proposal to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) found McConnell’s comments to be rather absurd, saying:
‘So, let me get this straight: the Republican leader said that racism was the lesser of two evils?’
Watch a clip of McConnell’s statement below, via Twitter:
McConnell says Trump should quit attacking opponents and minority groups and “start talking about the issues” https://t.co/QmZEgNQDbW
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 7, 2016
Feature Image is a screengrab via Twitter.
[h/t Huffington Post Politics]