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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed a racially charged criticism of his Asian-American father-in-law that was uttered by a Republican candidate in the West Virginia U.S. senate primary.

During an interview, former coal baron and ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship (R-Williamson) said he is concerned with McConnell's earnesty in regards to the "America First" agenda of President Donald Trump.

McConnell, of Kentucky, is married to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, a longtime civil servant.

Blankenship said Chao's father is "a wealthy China-person" who has "a lot of connections to some of the brass, if you will, in China."

Martha MacCallum asked McConnell about Blankenship's criticism of 90-year-old James Si-Cheng Chao.

"My father-in-law is an American who lives in New York. I don't have any comment about ridiculous observations like that."

When asked who he wants to see win the West Virginia GOP Senate primary, McConnell said that he "hopes it's somebody who can actually win a general election" - without mentioning Blankenship or the other candidates by name.

Blankenship is currently trailing State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-Huntington) in the the latest Fox News Poll.


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