Don Blankenship Defends Racial Slur 'Chinaperson' With More Racism

"Races are Negro, white Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian. There's no mention of a race. I've never used a race word."



West Virginia Republican and candidate for U.S. Senate Don Blankenship released a shockingly racist ad targeting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ahead of Tuesday’s three-way primary.

In the 30-second ad, Blankenship racially attacks McConnell a number of times, accusing him of creating millions of jobs for “China people” and that “his China family” has given him “tens and millions of dollars.”

Blankenship is running against state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Rep. Evan Jenkins in order to face Democrat Joe Manchin in November.

The low-quality clip showcases Blankenship resorting to name calling and racial slurs.

The term “China family” is an apparent reference to McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose parents moved to the United States in the early '60s.

One would assume Blankenship would concede his mistake and apologize for the crude language used in the ad; however, that was not the case.

In an interview with Roll Call, Blankenship defended his ad, arguing it was not racist since he has not used the word race and "races are Negro, white Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian.”


Blankenship, who launched his Senate campaign after spending a year in prison on charges of a misdemeanor count of conspiring to violate mine safety laws in 2015 after an explosion at his company, Upper Big Branch, killed 29 workers in 2010.

In response to the ad, the McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund’s spokesman Chris Pack referred to an article that detailed how Blankenship had shown interest in Chinese citizenship and that his own fiancé was born in China.

"There is only one candidate in this race, maybe in the history of candidates running for U.S. Senate, who has ever entertained the idea becoming Chinese," Pack said. "His name is ex-convict Don Blankenship."

McConnell’s political adviser Josh Holmes compared Blankenship to alleged child molester and former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.


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