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Former coal executive Don Blankenship, who is locked in a bitter feud with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as he runs for Senate in West Virginia, is doubling down on his disparaging comments toward the GOP leader and brushed aside concerns that calling McConnell’s father-in-law a “wealthy Chinaperson” was racist.
Blankenship defended the comments he made during a radio interview last week about the father of McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, when confronted on Tuesday night’s Fox News GOP primary debate.
“This idea that calling someone a ‘Chinaperson,’ I mean, I’m an American-person, I don’t see this insinuation by the press that there are something racist about saying a ‘Chinaperson,'” he said.
“Some people are Korean-persons, some people are African-persons — it’s not any slander there.”
Blankenship, who unsuccessfully asked to wear a red “Ditch Mitch” hat onto the debate stage, went on to accuse the McConnell and Chao families of having too much power in China. And he echoed recent writing by conservative author Peter Schweizer accusing McConnell of being too weak on China during his tenure in office. – READ MORE[give_form id=”79809″] [contentcards url=”http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/385768-blankenship-defends-chinaperson-amid-further-attacks-on-mcconnell” target=”_blank”]