The liberal Super PAC Progress Kentucky two weeks ago sent out a ridiculous and racist tweet about Sen. Mitch McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, saying that since she’s Asian, that explains why McConnell wants to send your jobs to China.
— Progress Kentucky (@ProgressKy) February 14, 2013
For the record, Chao was born in Taiwan. Her family fled China, for crying out loud. To their credit, ThinkProgress has called them out for this, but Progress Kentucky is only making things worse. First their spokesperson said, “It’s not an official statement. It’s a Tweet. And we will remove it if it’s wrong.” But two weeks later, it’s still there. And now they’re just being idiots about it:
Ignoring the maxim of holes and digging, Progress Kentucky just released a second statement standing by its tweet and denying that it was racist in nature: “Senator Mitch McConnell has a conflict of interest that many are afraid to talk about, and Progress Kentucky is not,” the group said.
No, no, no. Being married to an Asian person does not mean one has a “conflict of interest” involving sending jobs to an Asian country — especially an Asian country that her own family fled. If a Republican group put out a Tweet about a liberal politician married to a Latino and said “I guess this explains why they are okay with letting illegal aliens overrun the country,” Progress Kentucky would be up in arms over such a racist attack. It’s just as bad here.