The Republican Senate majority leader had the ideal response to bogus questions on Tuesday about whether or not he would support reparations for African-Americans after an NBC News article pointed out that his great-great-grandfather owned slaves. NBC News has confirmed that two of his great-great-grandfathers owned a combined total of 14 slaves.
Mr McConnell had signalled his aversion to reparations in June before a House hearing on whether payment in some form to the descendants of slaves was appropriate.
McConnell has been in the Senate since 1985 and the majority leader since 2015. So, it's not all that shocking to learn that two of McConnell's great-great-grandfathers were actually slave owners in the 19th century, according to USA census records.
In 2004, Obama said reparations "would be an excuse for some to say we've paid our debt" and stop efforts to heal, USA Today reported.
"We've tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation", he added.
"I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago - for [which] none of us now living are responsible - is a good idea", McConnell added. "Well it started with this man, who was elected a lifetime ago, and who has bit by bit, year by year, turned Washington in something we all despise". Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, two of the many Democratic candidates vying to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes launched a credible challenge against the senator in 2014, but McConnell still won with 56 percent of the vote.
Of course, McConnell's depiction of slavery as a self-contained and impact-free historic episode is faulty regardless of whether or not his family owned slaves.
On Tuesday morning, McConnell's campaign responded to McGrath's announcement with a tweet that included a video montage of her supporting liberal positions on issues including universal health care, abortion, and illegal immigration, as well as a clip of her comparing her reaction to Trump's election to how she felt on 9/11. And several outside groups have been working to oppose McConnell or entice McGrath to run, including Ditch Mitch, a political action committee dedicated to unseating McConnell, as well as the liberal political action committees VoteVets and End Citizens United.