After former President Donald Trump posted a bigoted attack on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, the Wall Street Journal editorial board blasted Trump and accused him of using rhetoric that could provoke violence.
Trump attacked McConnell in a recent Truth Social post, accusing the Republican Senator of having a “DEATH WISH” because he allegedly approves of Democrat legislation like the Green New Deal. Trump then dragged his former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao into his attack, describing her as McConnell’s “China loving wife, Coco Chow!”
In its editorial last Sunday, the Wall Street Journal blasted the former president for his repeated attacks on Elaine Chao for daring to be an American citizen born in Taiwan. The editorial board concluded that the only offense Chao committed against Trump was resigning from her position as his Transportation Secretary after the January 6 riot.
Calling Trump’s use of the phrase “death wish” ugly rhetoric “even by Mr. Trump’s standards,” the editorial said his remarks should be condemned.
And while some Trump “apologists” have argued that Trump meant McConnell has a “political death wish,” the Journal argues that “political death wish” isn’t what Trump wrote, adding “it’s all too easy to imagine some fanatic taking Mr. Trump seriously and literally, and attempting to kill Mr. McConnell.”
The editorial cites recent violent attacks on lawmakers, including the vandalism at Senator Susan Collins’ home last month. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Senator Collins said that given the recent trend of violence against lawmakers, it wouldn’t surprise her if a senator or congressman were to get killed.
The Journal notes that former President Trump could be spending his time helping Florida residents recover from Hurricane Ian or using the millions he raised to help elect Republicans to Congress. But instead, he’s spending his time attacking Mitch McConnell and his wife “as part of a personal political vendetta,” while putting every Republican running for office on the spot by making them respond to questions about his ludicrous attack.
The editorial concludes that Trump is doing what he always does, putting himself first. But this time, he’s doing it with rhetoric that might put “others at genuine risk of harm.”