West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his family with racist remarks in an ad released Thursday.
“Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people,” Blankenship said in the ad Politico first reported. “While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich,” Blankenship continued. “In fact, his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars.”
The comments referring to China appear to be related to McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is Chinese-American.
Blankenship has continued to attack McConnell throughout his campaign and even ran an ad calling him “cocaine Mitch,” which is reportedly in reference to a 2014 report that said drugs were found aboard a shipping vessel Chao’s family owns.
At a May 1 debate before the state’s primary election, Blankenship, West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick James Morrisey were asked if they would support McConnell. All refused to support him. Blankenship even ducked behind his podium after the question was asked. (RELATED: All Three West Virginia GOP Senate Candidates Refused To Raise Hand In Support For McConnell At Debate [VIDEO])
This new ad also comes the day Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on the West Virginia GOP primary election in a tweet, warning voters to not vote for Blankenship.
The three Republicans are fighting for a chance to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in the general election, which will take place on May 8.
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