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By Sarah May on
 October 4, 2022

Former WH aide: Trump take on McConnell's wife smacks of 'racism'

Former President Donald Trump's ongoing feud with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has never been a secret, but recent remarks he made about his nemesis – and the woman to whom he is married – have prompted onetime White House staffer Alyssa Farah Griffin to level harsh accusations of racism, as the Washington Examiner reports.

Griffin's criticism of her former boss came in the wake of comments made by Trump Friday on his Truth Social platform in which he took direct aim at the Kentucky Republican power broker and added an arguably derogatory jab at his spouse, as the New York Post noted.

Attacking McConnell for "approving all of these Trillions of Dollars worth of Democrat sponsored Bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation," Trump opined that the Senate minority leader has "a DEATH WISH."

Not content to leave things there, Trump added the suggestion that McConnell "immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow," a reference to Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan and spent time serving as the former president's transportation secretary.

It was the last part of Trump's post that Griffin found most unacceptable, with the political commentator and former White House director of strategic communications tweeting, "This isn't some crazy person on the internet, this is the GOP front-runner for President of the Party doesn't wake up and demand better."

"He's not even trying to hide the racism at this point," Griffin added. "Just despicable."

Though some voices on social media echoed Griffin's revulsion at Trump's comments and worried that the "death wish" language was reckless and perhaps dangerous, a spokesperson for the former president fired back.

"Mitch McConnell is killing the Republican party through weakness and cowardice. He obviously has a political death wish for himself and the Republican Party, but President Trump and the America First champions in Congress will save the Republican Party and our nation," Taylor Budowich explained to NBC News.

Also coming to Trump's defense, according to Politico, was Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), who said during a weekend appearance on CNN, "The president likes to give people nicknames" and added, "[i] t's never, ever OK to be a racist." Whether his foes will attempt to make further political hay of Trump's characteristically freewheeling statement, or it will recede quickly into the ether, only time will tell.

Written By:
Sarah May

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