Former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has responded to Trump’s racist attacks against her, while the rest of her party silently allows him.
Trump has been consistently attacking Chao for months and openly using racism against her, and she responded to Politico: “When I was young, some people deliberately misspelled or mispronounced my name. Asian Americans have worked hard to change that experience for the next generation. He doesn’t seem to understand that, which says a lot more about him than it ever did about Asian Americans.
Unlike Trump’s other attacks on those he considers enemies, his comments about Chao, who is married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have not tried to hide his racist intentions.
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The Republican leadership has been silent about these attacks. Chao has asked reporters not to amplify Trump’s remarks, and possibly for the same reason Senator McConnell has refused to engage in Trump’s attacks, but nothing is stopping the rest of the Republican Party from denouncing Trump.
The reason Trump is likely to win the Republican nomination in 2024 is that Republicans remain terrified of him and his supporters. They refuse to stand up to Trump. The same dynamic existed in 2016, 2020, 2022 and there is nothing to indicate that this will change in 2024.
Chao is right. Trump’s comments say more about Donald Trump than about Asian Americans, and the silent enabling of these attacks speaks volumes about the Republican Party.
Jason is the editor in chief. He is also a White House Press Pole and a congressional correspondent for PoliticianUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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