Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he believes President Donald Trump is “on to something” with his fierce pushback against the far left congresswomen who have advocated for his removal from office.
McConnell said during a Fox News Business interview that he believes Trump’s strategy could be part of a bigger political plan for 2020.
“He’s right about the squad wanting to turn us into a socialist country. …I think the president’s on to something. We’re having a big debate now and next year about what we want America to be like,” McConnell said.
It’s not just a few fringe voices that are pushing socialist policies that would kill jobs and take away private healthcare. It’s the entire leadership of the Democratic Party. pic.twitter.com/tV3e0Hjshm
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) July 18, 2019
McConnell’s comments related to the president’s most recent offense to Democrats when he spoke about Democrats — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib during his campaign rally in North Carolina saying they “see our nation as a force of evil.”
“The leading voices of the Democrat Party are left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for,” Trump told the crowd, which solicited chants of “send her back,” referencing some of the president’s earlier comments.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 18, 2019
McConnell’s defense of Trump’s treatment of the freshman congresswomen was the second of the week, following one reporter trying to pin the senator down as to whether he would consider it racist if Trump had made some of his comments about McConnell’s immigrant wife.
“You’re married to an immigrant who’s a naturalized U.S. citizen. If someone was to tell her she should go back to her country because of her criticism of federal policy, wouldn’t you consider that a racist attack?” CNN’s Manu Raju asked McConnell during the press conference.
McConnell’s response was to point to the beauty of his wife’s life in accomplishing the American dream, noting that she came to the U.S. at “age 8, legally, not speaking a word of English.”
He added that his wife Chao “has realized the American dream, and I think all of us think that this is a process of renewal that’s gone on in this country for a very long time, and it’s good for America and we ought to continue it.”
The reporter pressed McConnell, however, attempting to get a direct answer from the majority leader:
“As I said, legal immigration has been a fulfilling of the American dream,” McConnell replied. “The new people who come here have a lot of ambition, a lot of energy, tend to do very well and invigorate our country. My wife’s a good example of that.”
Several Democratic and Republican lawmakers have called the president’s remarks racist, something McConnell showed no concern for, saying that the president “is not a racist.”
“I think the tone of all of this is not good for the country but it’s coming from all different ideological points of view. To single out any segment of this I think is a mistake,” he added.