Marc Short says Trump’s post about Elaine Chao was a ‘racist slur’ that was ‘patently wrong’

Marc Short, a senior adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence and one-time director of legislative affairs under then-President Trump, said it was “clearly wrong” for the former president to use a “racial slur” against Elaine Chao, the Senate wife. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump’s former transportation secretary.

Short made the comments in an interview on CBS News’ “Red and Blue” Monday night after Trump posted on his platform Truth Social last week that McConnell has a “DEATH WISH” to vote with Democrats to approve a stop -gap funding proposals. and called Chao, “his China-loving wife, Coco Chow.” Short called the post “false,” to say the least, and highlighted how much Chao has done for the cause of freedom in China.

“When I — when I saw those tweets at midnight, I assumed the president had started drinking by then,” Short joked. “I think you know it’s important to remember that Elaine Chao and her family have been strong crusaders against Communist China all their lives. She has devoted herself to it. She has spent time outside of government to working at the Heritage Foundation and fighting for freedom. She, her family is actually from Taiwan. I think that was definitely a misplaced and misguided tweet, to say the least.”

Trump, who doesn’t drink, continues to criticize Republicans who don’t quite align with him on the Truth Social. Although the former president is expected to announce a bid in 2024, it is not yet clear when he might do so. Pence has too has not ruled out a presidential election and has made several trips to Iowa since the 2020 election.

CBS News correspondent Caitlin Huey-Burns pointed out that most Republicans have offered little in the way of rebuke to the former president’s “death wish” tweet. On CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Late. Rick Scott declined to criticize the former president’s comments.

“Caitlin, I can’t speak for them,” Short said of fellow Republicans. “I think Elaine Chao has been a strong crusader against Communist China. I think the president is factually wrong in his tweet, much less the notion that he is taking such a racial preoccupation as I think was patently wrong.”

Short also suggested that “there is a sense that there has been such a huge bias against [Trump] in the mainstream media, it might [Republicans] overcompensates for it. But again,” he added, “I don’t think there’s any place for the tweet he sent out the other night, and I think it’s completely wrong.”

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