McConnell Takes Parting Shot at Blankenship: 'Attacks on My Family Were Good for Distant 3rd Place'
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he was pleased with the results of the West Virginia Republican primary, which saw former coal baron Don Blankenship soundly defeated after his attacks on the Senate majority leader and his Asian-American family members.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) defeated Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) and Don Blankenship in the Tuesday primary.
"I'm glad the people of West Virginia decided that particular approach of attacking me and my family was good for a distant third place," McConnell told Dana Perino.
During his campaign, Blankenship launched a series of attacks on McConnell, calling him "Cocaine Mitch" and referring to his in-laws as "his China family."
Blankenship claimed McConnell's father-in-law, shipping magnate James Si-Cheng Chao, is a "wealthy China person" and claimed McConnell had conflicts of interests on trade policies thanks to his relationship with Chao and the senator's wife, Elaine. He also falsely claimed Mr. Chao was tied to a drug dealer.
McConnell's Senate Twitter account fired back Tuesday, posting a photo after the election's results with the caption, "Thanks for playing, Don," with what appears to be cocaine flying around McConnell.
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) May 9, 2018
The president stepped in Tuesday and tweeted to remind voters that Blankenship should not be elected to challenge Sen. Joe Manchin (D).
To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can’t win the General Election in your State...No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018
McConnell added that he was "exasperated" that some think he isn't carrying out the president's policies in the Senate leading up to the midterms.
"I think a lot of Republicans think we've under-performed," he said. "This has been the most effective period, the last year and a half, right-of-center."
Watch more above, and read more about Blankenship's attacks on McConnell here.